Halo TV show won't be "filler" Microsoft says

Phil Spencer assures fans that show produced by Steven Spielberg will be done "the right way."

The upcoming Halo TV show in production at Xbox Entertainment Studios and produced by film veteran Steven Spielberg will be done "the right way," and won't be "filler," Microsoft Studios corporate vice president Phil Spencer has said.

"I think there's a story in the Halo games that's noteworthy," Spencer told OXM in a new interview. "And that we can introduce more people to the IP by putting the franchise, stories, and characters in more accessible mediums than a first person shooter. That's a good thing for Halo, a good thing for the platform, and a good thing for the IP owners.

Microsoft has gone down this road before. In a bid to promote Halo 4, Microsoft launched the web series Forward Unto Dawn, which Spencer said has now reached around 70 million views. Microsoft tapped actors including Anna Popplewell (Chronicles of Narnia) for the program, but has not announced any actors for the new Halo show.

Speaking about the upcoming Halo TV show, Spencer made clear that Microsoft's intent with the program is not to expand the sci-fi franchise to new media just for the sake of doing so.

"I definitely don't think of it as filler. Halo, you could argue, is the most important entertainment IP that Microsoft owns," Spencer said. "I can't use the word filler anywhere near Halo, it just won't work. If we're going to do a television series with Halo, we're going to do it the right way, and we're going to do it because we think it really matters."

Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, Spencer said he found it intriguing the way the Walking Dead series has grown over time, suggesting the same could happen for Halo.

"I'm a big Walking Dead fan. I've read the comics and graphic novels; the IP has grown and became more accessible as it hit TV, then went to video games where it did incredibly well, and I think that strategy of growing and deepening what the franchise and IP is about is a good strategy for an IP holder," Spencer said.

The first original Xbox Entertainment Studios program will be a documentary series that investigates the events surrounding the 1983 burial of millions of copies of Atari's famously unsuccessful E.T. movie tie-in. A show about the upcoming World Cup is also planned. Both are expected sometime in 2014.

Meanwhile, the new Halo game for Xbox One will launch this year for sure, Microsoft assured fans yesterday.

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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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sakaixx
sakaixx

achievement unlocked

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

I want Saving Private Ryan in Space. Unless there's limbs flying & intestines smeared about I'm not interested.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

i hope it will be "filler" so it discourages ms from producing future programs

hadlee73
hadlee73

"Microsoft tapped actors including Anna Popplewell (Chronicles of Narnia) for the program..." Has Spencer and company been shagging the cast members?

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

For anybody who is unaware of what the title "Executive Producer" means in TV and Film it basically means here's my name give me my cheque !  

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

So an Xbone only TV series is more accessible  then a first person shooter. Not really if you brought this out on Netflix people would watch it and be like that looks awesome maybe i should buy an Xbox to get this game. Right now the people who have Xbox are in two groups those who want Halo and those who don't this won't change the mind of those who don't because they already know what its like either by playing at a friends or by trying a Demo ETC.

Spankthesmurfs
Spankthesmurfs

I think the series should start when Dr.Hallsey started taking the children and replacing them and how the Spartans (children) went through there schooling then half died the augmentation started

Zicoroen
Zicoroen

Alan Wake had a web series too. It was nice as an introduction.

robertcain
robertcain

So this programme will be available only through Xbox One right? There's been a ton of lore fleshing out the Halo universe already so the show has some real potential! Maybe it could be set on Earth in the events of Halo 2 and 3 when the Covenant are on Earth through the eyes of some human survivors???

normanislost
normanislost

meh.... forward unto dawn wasn't bad but it wasn't brilliant either attaching spielberg is sort of a double edged sword since he's made some great films but im still pretty pissed off about indiana jones 4


more spartans, less kids and im interested

Waikru
Waikru

Sounds fair ... we will see .... but why , WHY Spielberg ?! :(

pyro1245
pyro1245

Anything you do that isn't a video game is filer

zerooo0
zerooo0

Great, I loved Halo:Forward Unto Dawn so hopefully they can pull out another great Halo TV series(Even though Halo:FUD was Youtube). I also enjoyed the Ryse Youtube series and would enjoy them turning that into a TV series along with Halo. It would also give the chance for Ryse to become the next franchise for the Xbox & MS.

inspectercoley
inspectercoley

There are some interesting aspects of the story line but feels like it's now massively convoluted and hard to follow. Hope this is better than their last few attempts

nparks
nparks

Filler?  I barely even know her!

thomasn7
thomasn7

It will be interesting to see how this works. Looking forward to it.

UnstoppableKARL
UnstoppableKARL

Whatever.  Where's my Halo 2 anniversary?  I would rather play Halo than watch it.

northArrow
northArrow

Don't worry, the TV show won't be a "filler", we'll save that for the games

edant79
edant79

@Deadlysyns87 

I can't speak for everyone, but I've only played the 1&2nd game, and completely forget the story....to the point were I'm a little interested. However, I don't plan on watching it on Xbox....cause I's be a pirate!