Ridley Scott's Halo Project Now Filming

Gladiator director starts shooting for his upcoming digital feature in Belfast; expected to debut sometime this year.

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Gladiator and Black Hawk Down director Ridley Scott started filming for his upcoming Halo digital feature this week in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast in Northern Ireland, Microsoft confirmed to local news outlet Belfast Telegraph (via IGN). The project, directed by Battlestar Galactica's Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, will debut this year exclusively on Xbox platforms.

YouTube user Jayster captured some footage of the shoot, showing a mysteriously dressed, gun-toting man moving through crowded scene. It doesn't look like a Spartan.

Notably, Scott's Halo project is separate from the Halo TV show that acclaimed director/producer Steven Spielberg is working on for Microsoft. The projects from Scott and Spielberg are just two of many examples of original video programming coming to Xbox platforms from Xbox Entertainment Studios, Microsoft's new production company that's head up by former CBS TV executive Nancy Tellem.

Other TV projects in the works at Xbox Entertainment Studios include a multi-part documentary series about the recent E.T. landfill dig in New Mexico, a World Cup-themed show, a comedy program from funny people like Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera, and a documentary from Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn about how technology affects our world. Microsoft has not yet divulged any details regarding pricing for its original TV content.

The next core Halo game is Xbox One-exclusive Halo 5: Guardians, set to launch sometime in 2015. But you may not need to wait until next year to play a new Halo game. Microsoft is also reportedly working on a Halo mega-bundle for Xbox One that includes remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved (2001), Halo 2 (2004), Halo 3 (2007), and Halo 4 (2012) in a single package.

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Discussion

60 comments
ShadowsDemon
ShadowsDemon

Oh, nice. I do hope it's better than his last film, The Counselor. That was bloody awful.

Foppe
Foppe

Fix your broken videolink.

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

My favorite director.  Looking forward to it.

themc_7
themc_7

Ridley Scott has a Halo Project? I thought Spielberg was doing that

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

Damn this is awesome. I really enjoyed Prometheus. I think Ridley will do right by the franchise. Awesome.

vadagar1
vadagar1

Prometheus was a nice movie but the damn scientists all felt like a bunch of teenager morons


hope the next movie has better "characters"

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

Isn't Ridley Scott directing a Bible movie this tear? With Batman as Moses?

liquidbutter
liquidbutter

"a comedy program from funny people like Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera"

I'm sorry, I thought you said funny people.

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

Hmm I thought Sir Scott was busy destroying his own legacy with Prometheus II and bladerunner II.

focuspuller
focuspuller

It's NOT Scott's project. He's not directing it or showrunning it. Misleading story.

Spankthesmurfs
Spankthesmurfs

Im sure this isent a full on movie more like a teaser as in Forword unto dawn was, good short but Microsoft has the money to do so much more. Im going watch and enjoy anything about the Halo series that Microsoft brings out so really if your going to not want to se it or just don't like the actors or directors that put it together then don't bother with it and bugger of.

Alucard_Prime
Alucard_Prime

this is going to have great action sequence can't wait

bubba_1988
bubba_1988

Scott needs to quit fooling around with Halo and get back to Prometheus 2!

wookiegr
wookiegr

Nearly anything Ridley Scott touches turns to gold. (No pun intended) It will be great.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

Hope he finishes fast, so that he can start making Prometheus 2. :-P

cantloginnow
cantloginnow

Really looking forward to what these guys will do with Halo.Hope it turns out great.

rasterror
rasterror

If the film is as good as the short movies and Forward Unto Dawn then this wi) be really good.

thermalmotion
thermalmotion

Ridley Scott was one of the greatest directors of the 70s and 80s. Alien and Blade Runner are among the most iconic films ever created. I keep wishing for his return to glory.

Halo is not it. It's just a damn cash in and a blight on his good name.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Ridley Scott and Steven Speilbergs  involvement in these xbox TV projects carry the title Executive Producer, what is an executive Producer I hear you ask, Its permission to use a name on the credits and in promotional material, in return for money. Its not Directing its not Producing its PR plain and simple. So can we please stop calling this Ridley Scotts Halo project.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@Hellcanwait Prometheus was a good film. People whinged about it because they expected an Alien('s) film, even after Ridley Scott himself said that it wasn't.

mangakid
mangakid

@Alucard_Prime 

Yeah Ridley Scott has made some of the best moves out there. Black Hawk Down was just truly good.

And first 2 Alien movies are just classic. Prometheus is grate continuation of that.


My only gripe is hes not directing it.

I don't have much faith in anyone that worked on the new Battlestar Galactica series as that show went form good to “people on the same set being moody about who is dating who and who's doing what.” for hole seasons.. come on! Its Battlestar Galactica! Less day time soap opera and more action! lol.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@bubba_1988

He isn't fooling around with Halo he's just agreed to put his name on the credits for cold hard cash. Fear not he is most certainly working on Prometheus 2 full time ! regardless of what Microsoft would have us believe.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@bubba_1988 Pardon me if this is a stupid question, it's been way to long since I have seen the Alien movies, but isn't Alien the sequel to Prometheus? How would Prometheus 2 work out? 

NTM23
NTM23

@dr_jashugan I think he's already working on Prometheus, just as this, they just started Prometheus 2. Oh, and Prometheus 2, while not as good as Alien and Aliens, is still a good movie (with problems like dumb characters).

rasterror
rasterror

I know because it's only one of the most I iconic game series ever created.

captainapples
captainapples

@de-astroturfer Like Barighm said...and take it from somebody who has worked in an executive production development office for 20th Century Fox...the executive producers typically make the most important decisions...like which producers and directors to hire.

NTM23
NTM23

@de-astroturfer Question is how they're handling it. Executive Producer is different for film, TV, music, and games.

ExtremePhobia
ExtremePhobia

@de-astroturfer Even so, that name can lose value by being in bad movies so it does behoove them to ensure a good product. Which is essentially what they are "supposed to be doing"

Barighm
Barighm

@de-astroturfer Sometimes, but sometimes they're also people with very real weight who provide input and make final decisions the director has to follow. Sometimes they're just representing the interests of the studio, but sometimes they really do care and are brought on to provide insight.


Or so all my friends and family in television and theater tell me.

Hellcanwait
Hellcanwait

@The-Neon-Seal 

Don't tell me what I or other people expected fom Prometheus, you don't know.

your telling me that prometheus was a good movie, I say that it's a terrible movie with 2 dimensional characters behaving like teens and massive plotholes.

Not to mention the fact that it wasn't scary, thrilling or even interesting, with the entire plot inspired by, at the mountains of madness by H.P. Lovecraft it's hardly an original mindblowing idea, just bad sci-fi.

zerohournow
zerohournow

@mangakid @Alucard_Prime Ridley didn't make Aliens, Cameron did...and you think Prometheus was good yet trash BSG? Yug, I really hope you hate this film or it will be a sure sign it stinks.

xtne
xtne

@rasterror yeah, halo is the most iconic game series ever created... to a microsoft fanboy.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@captainapples @de-astroturfer Thats because they fund the film, Ridley Scott, is not funding Halo Microsoft is ! Ridley Scott, Steven Speilberg and any number of big name Directors and Producers or even actors, have nothing to do with funding or managing the financial affairs of the films in which they are credited as "Executive Producer" If its their own film, paid for with their own money then yes, but when its 20th century fox's film, or some other studio then no. Its just a name on the credits thats it ! Which is why films tend to have more than one executive producer, one real one and the rest just for show, to sell more tickets.

They can't credit them as being a director or producer because that would be a lie, so they give them the title of executive producer because in many cases there name is being used to get funding for a project, albeit in name only, so technically they are fulfilling their job title. but at the same time doing sweet FA and certainly not having any creative input because as you should well know thats not what executive producers do.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@NTM23 @de-astroturfer Well given its Ridley Scott we're talking about I don't think he'll be doing much at all, so wether its an accountant with some creative input as in a low budget TV production, or an accountant with no creative input as in a high budget production i.e. a film. I don't think it much matters.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@ExtremePhobia @de-astroturfer

Transformers 2 and 3 were bad films didn't stop Speilberg putting his name to them. Attack the block was awful it didn't do "Executive Producer" Edgar Wright any harm. They just collect the pay check and let the films they are credited with Directing do the talking. If they were held accountable perhaps they wouldn't engage in this somewhat dishonest practice.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@Barighm @de-astroturfer

When the job title "Executive Producer" isn't being used to shoehorn a famous name onto the credits, an Executive Producers job is to fund and budget a production they have Zero creative input, or so my colleagues tell me.

I can't see Ridley Scott pouring his creative juices into a calculator can you ? So I think its safe to assume in the context of "Halo project" the title Executive producer is being used purely to place Ridley Scotts name onto the credits, for the purposes of promotion.

Psycold
Psycold

@zerohournow @mangakid @Alucard_Prime Yea Prometheus was crap, it's not like there are a bunch of subtleties in the film that you can go back and re-watch or that the film is open to interpretation, it was just a really bad script with great visuals. 

mangakid
mangakid

@zerohournow @mangakid @Alucard_Prime

yes yes i did. and yes your right on the Aliens part my little mistake there.

But on BSG it wasn’t that good. Sorry if you liked it, but I didn't.

For every few eps that was good there was way to many that just lagged along.. like was there as filler tell the next one that might actually be good. Don't get me wrong some stuff in it was good. But in all I really think they dropped the ball on it.

TabularBeast
TabularBeast

@bubba_1988 Huh, okay. I loved Prometheus, actually bought it on blu-ray a few days ago. Very excited to see how Prometheus 2 will be like. 

monkeysxmoo35
monkeysxmoo35

@xtne @rasterror so Mario can't be an iconic game series to Sony and Microsoft fans because it's by Nintendo? That is some seriously flawed logic you have there. Halo's been compared to Star Wars so I'm pretty sure it's iconic.

NTM23
NTM23

@xtne Um, no... That's ignorant or simply denial.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

@mangakid @zerohournow @Alucard_Prime I felt similarly about BSG, but I was looking more for the action-space-exploration-adventure kind of film instead of the how-would-people-with-no-planet-and-facing-extinction-behave-in-a-ship-in-space that it was.