Earlier today, Microsoft unveiled their newest gaming console, the Xbox One. However, that’s not the only news to come out of the presentation. One of the most popular franchises to be born from any video game will soon be making the jump to television with the help of one of the biggest names in entertainment ever.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Steven Spielberg will be executive producing a live-action television series based on the Xbox game series ‘Halo’. The show will also feature exclusive interactive content on the Xbox One from 343 Industries and Xbox Entertainment Studios.
Previously, there had been much talk about bringing ‘Halo’ to the big screen for a live-action adaptation. Names like D.B. Weiss, Neill Blomkamp, and Peter Jackson were attached since 2005, but the project was pretty much declared dead after inactivity. The closest thing that fans got was the web series created to promote the release of ‘Halo 4’ last year. But one of the last words on the subject was that Spielberg was eying the project. Fast-forward to today and the iconic filmmaker is officially involved.
Currently, there are no details on what the new show will entail just yet, or what network it will appear on, but the first-person shooter game focuses on the survival of the human race against an alliance of aliens. While it’s possible that characters from the game could pop up in the new series, no one really knows at this point, so don’t get your hopes up for Master Chief battling it out for ratings with ‘Dancing With The Stars’ or ‘American Idol’.
With this announcement, ‘Halo’ marks the fifth project on Spielberg’s slate during this developmental season. First, there’s his adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Under The Dome’ coming in June. Then, he has two shows set up at TNT. Finally, ABC granted a series order to his drama series ‘Lucky 7’. With all these courses cooking at once, will the chef be able to fully focus on the recent addition to the menu? Seeing as the director of classics like ‘Jaws’, ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’, and ‘E.T.’ has been around the block more than a few times, I’m sure that he can.
What do you think about ‘Halo’ finally making the jump from your Xbox to Hollywood? What do you think the series will be about? Are you glad that Microsoft landed a living legend such as Steven Spielberg to work on it? Let us know what you think about it in the comments below.