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A year and a half ago it looked like Microsoft was really going to take the plunge into developing Netflix-style original content. The company hired a former CBS exec, Nancy Tellem, to lead the Xbox Entertainment Studios division, and announced a live-action Halo series produced by Steven Spielberg. Now, Microsoft has killed off Xbox Entertainment Studios, and in so doing is all but abandoning the plan to create original content for Xbox Live.

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Halo Nightfall

Today at Microsoft’s annual E3 press conference there was no word about the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series that is expected to premiere in 2015. But there was some brief info on the other series based on the Halo games, which counts Ridley Scott as a producer. That one is a smaller-budgeted “digital series” originally said to be similar to Halo: Forward Until Dawn. Now we know the title: Halo Nightfall. Read More »

Spielberg's Halo TV series

We know some details about the parceled out Halo “digital feature” that will hit screens in the near future, but until now we’ve known little about the flagship Halo series that Steven Spielberg is producing for Xbox Live and potentially Showtime. Now, however, we know that Spielberg’s Halo series will arrive in fall 2015, alongside the new game Halo 5: Guardians. Read More »

Halo digital feature star

Xbox Live is putting together two Halo projects. One counts Steven Spielberg as a producer, and will be the flagship series for the property on Xbox. (It could also hit Showtime.) The other — and the one we’ll talk about below — is a “digital feature,” similar to Halo 4: Forward Until Dawn. That is, it’s essentially set to be a long movie that will be released episodically. Now this second Halo project has a star: Mike Colter, known to viewers of shows such as The Good Wife, The Following, and American Horror Story: Coven. Read More »

steven spielberg halo

Microsoft knows it is sitting on a goldmine with Halo. The video game series will be based on one of the most successful franchises in the world. While multiple attempts have been made to bring the sci-fi action property to the big and small screen, things are progressing very slowly. That might change soon. Microsoft has been in talks with Showtime to bring a live-action TV show based on the game, exec produced by Steven Spielberg, first to the cable channel then to XBox Live. Read more about the Steven Spielberg Halo show below. Read More »

Second Halo Series

Xbox Entertainment Studios, which is overseeing the creation of original shows for the Xbox Live platform, already has one Halo series in development. Now there’s a second Halo series coming, this one from 343 Entertainment and Scott Free TV, with Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV president David Zucker as exec producers. Read More »

Halo

A few years back, fans’ hearts were crushed when Neill Blomkamp parted ways with Halo. Before he made District 9, the director did a series of Halo short films and was working on a film adaptation with producer Peter Jackson. For numerous reasons, the project fell apart and fans were left thinking they’d never get to see Blomkamp’s vision of Master Chief.

Since then studios have tried and failed to make a Halo movie with Microsoft. Then, last year, plans for a Halo TV show were revealed, with Steven Spielberg set to produce. It was the closest thing to a film fans were going to get, as Microsoft said it didn’t want to make a movie. Now, things have  come full circle as a report says none other than Blomkamp will direct the pilot episode of the show. Read More »

Microsoft Says There Are No Plans for a ‘Halo’ Movie

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Briefly: The biggest rumor of the week came courtesy of a Production Weekly report saying that Ridley Scott would be producing a big-screen Halo film. Details included that it would exist independently of Steven Spielberg’s show set to air on Xbox Live, and that Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) will script.

But Microsoft says it’s all bunk. The company released a statement to Eurogamer that reads:

The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more. As always, we have many projects in the works that offer us the opportunity to bring in new audiences to the franchise, as we did in the past with Halo Legends and Halo: Forward Unto Dawn. We plan to continue telling the Halo story through innovative channels, but there are no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time.

The notion of Scott and Spielberg going head to head in a producer capacity with material like Halo may have been interesting, even if it didn’t seem very likely. Let’s hope the show that does air on Xbox Live will be more, say, Battlestar Galactica than a TV expansion such as Agents of SHIELD.

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