Halo TV series in the works with Steven Spielberg

Microsoft producing live-action TV series based on iconic FPS series with the help of <i>Saving Private Ryan</i> director.

Microsoft today announced that it will produce a live-action television series based on its billion-dollar Halo series. It will be available only through Xbox One, Microsoft's just-announced next-generation platform.

Series developer 343 Industries will oversee development on the show, with Hollywood director Steven Spielberg also attached to the project.

It is unclear what role the Saving Private Ryan and Schindler's List director will play in the production of the Halo TV show.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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constantin
constantin

ugh ... Spielberg has been terrible for the past two decades, especially with TV series - The River, Terra Nova, Under the Dome, United States of Tara, Into the West, Taken. Ever since Pinky and the Brain, Spielberg really should have stayed away from TV series. 

goeyguy03
goeyguy03

Damn! I wouldn't mind giving her MY halo!  she can load my rifle anytime!  ( not the Nancy chick .. duh! )

jrabbit99
jrabbit99

Why should I believe it will come to fruition after the failure of the movie and the Halo alternate reality thing?

bjohnson003
bjohnson003

I hope it's good, for every Band of Brothers there is a Seaquest DSV.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

"Wake up John"

For a moment there I had an ME3 flashback. I wonder why...

Spielberg, as in the guy that worked on Indiana 4? Fuck that guy.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

kinda sad to know that it will only available on Xbox One. Spielberg probably just gonna be a producer, like Darabont on The Walking Dead.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

why don't just make a great movie and call it a day, Forward unto dawn sucks, the acting are mediocre. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'd imagine Spielberg will be an Executive Producer. That is, the producers who have very little if anything to do with the show :P

AyatollaofRnR
AyatollaofRnR

I enjoyed Forward Unto Dawn, so this is good news.

ccanfield1
ccanfield1

It isn't a good sign when the thing I was most interested hearing about at a new gaming system reveal is a TV series being made. Keep it like 'Forward Unto Dawn' and I will enjoy it.

greebe55
greebe55

Spielberg will scew it up. hes overrated

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

I'm surprised Spielberg would put his name to this. Halo has more of a Michael Bay vibe.

Ryuuken27
Ryuuken27

I don't know about this one. I think they're cashing in on the movie maker money, it's more like a facade. Here, Spiel, say good stuff about this, how much you want for advertising, a million, here, done, marketing plot achieved.

ShadowsDemon
ShadowsDemon

I'm still not sure what 'only available through Xbox One" means...

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

I still want the Neill Blomkamp Halo movie, dang it!

Hurvl
Hurvl

Halo has done some pretty cool live action trailers, but just as with Blizzard's trailers, you might want something longer, but you know that it's too expensive to make. I wonder how they'll do it here. Seems promising anyway.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

Pretty excited about this. I did enjoy Forward Unto Dawn. 

Winzent
Winzent

I got a feeling that this is going to be pirated into oblivion ...

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

How can they get an actor to play Master Chief if no one knows what he looks like?

The_Gaming_Baby
The_Gaming_Baby

The fact that the best thing out of this was a TV show is quite worrying

alastor529
alastor529

no no no!
we wanted a high budget Halo Movie directed by Peter Jackson!

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

Spielberg was a producer on the last two Transformers films, so his involvement means absolutely nothing.

This show will be just as horrible as Forward Unto Dawn was. 

loafofgame
loafofgame

All I can think of is: who's going to play Cortana?

Other than that... no, right now nothing else comes to mind.

NTM23
NTM23

I bet he'll be working on it like the show... Uh, whatever the F that sci-fi show is on right now, which is crap.

Xethrayne
Xethrayne

I, absolutely, love Halo; though, I don't love it that much...

foxrock66
foxrock66

"Microsoft today announced that it will produce a live-action television series based on its billion dollar Halo series. It will be available only through Xbox One, Microsoft's just announced next-generation platform."

Until it's released on Bluray and I find it in the $5 bargain bin at Wal Mart 

mr_azim
mr_azim

Spielberg is a genius... but that doesn't mean he'll use his head for this, just his wallet.  Probably just a producer.  Less work, more pay, first to be paid.

mr_azim
mr_azim

So another cheasy Halo production... the last one was pretty awful.

sunbeam4
sunbeam4

@ccanfield1 "Forward Unto Dawn" is crap.

"Band of Brothers" that is a TV masterpiece.

... "wake Up John" ...

ganonshin
ganonshin

@The_Gaming_Baby They cant give it all away yet, surely you can understand that. E3 will give us much more info and even after that there will be a few surprises for years to come.

ganonshin
ganonshin

@alastor529 it will come when they feel they have a good enough story. M$ didnt want to rush out a crap movie.

ganonshin
ganonshin

@megadeth1117 FUD was brilliant, it was more about the characters and building upto the Halo 4 game. I think alot of people were expecting an all out and out killing and action.

NTM23
NTM23

Falling Skies, that's it I believe.

AncientDozer
AncientDozer

@mr_azim

What, the free Forward Unto Dawn? They charge for it now but for the first month or two it was free to watch on xbox and youtube.

ccanfield1
ccanfield1

@sunbeam4 I agree 'Band of Brothers' is amazing but to compare it to a web series isn't really fair. For what it was, an episodic series originally released for free online, I thought it was pretty good. I was just saying 'Forward...' was a good starting point to build on for a full TV series. 

Hopefully, Speilberg his skills to this show and help make it 1/10th as good as 'Band...' was

jer_1
jer_1

@ShadowsDemon @AvatarMan96 I was thinking this very same thing. Blomkamp blew it away with District 9. Damn that was a great sci-fi flick.