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 »
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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.
One of the biggest stories of 2013 was Steven Spielberg joining forces with Microsoft to produce a live-action television show based on Halo, the popular first person shooter. Very few specifics were provided, except that the show would debut exclusively on XBox One’s XBox Live network. Now, at a recent event, the president of entertainment and digital for Microsoft Nancy Tellem said she hopes to debut the first XBox Live exclusive programming in the first quarter of 2014. Will that be Spielberg’s Halo series? It’s doubtful, but possible. Read more below. Read More »
Microsoft is announcing the new Xbox, called Xbox One, right now, and is promoting the box as an all-in-one home entertainment solution. As part of the hardware announcement, the company has been touting new ways to interact with television, gaming, and other content. We’ve known that Xbox Live has been planning to move into some of the original TV space that Netflix has been doing, and now we know what the vehicle will be: a live-action Halo TV series, with involvement from Steven Spielberg. Read More »
Video game fans are well-aware that Halo 4 is hitting stores November 6. It’s the gaming equivalent of The Dark Knight Rises or The Avengers being released: a guaranteed blockbuster with huge, mass appeal across multiple mediums. The difference is Halo 4 will probably gross more because it costs $60 a pop instead of $15. But unlike the standard practice of popular movies being turned into video games, popular video games don’t always get turned into movies. Halo in particular has a long, storied history of filmmakers trying to make it to the big screen. To date, it hasn’t happened.
Today, we get a huge live-action version of Halo in commercial form. Oscar-nominated director David Fincher has produced a TV spot for the game, directed by Tim Miller, the creative director of Blur Studios, who helped Fincher on the title sequence to The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. It the latest in a long history of Halo commercials getting a Hollywood upgrade.
Check out the commerical, when delves into the past of Master Chief, after the jump. Read More »
I’m not sure we’ll ever get a live-action movie adaptation of Halo, but the advertising world has been doing a good job of showing us what it could look like. Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was the first to realize the game in live action in a short film which also served as a test for a Halo movie that never got made. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and The Huntsman) directed a spot for Halo 3 and more recently Halo 3: ODST. Israeli commercial director Noam Murro (Smart People) did some spots for Halo: Reach.
At E3 2012, Microsoft revealed a new must-see live-action Halo trailer for Halo 4 directed by Danish commercial director and former photo journalist Nicolai Fuglsig.
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Add another popular video game to the slowly growing list of games getting the online, live action treatment. Last week, Machinima premiered the first episode of their new Mortal Kombat series Mortal Kombat Legacy and the second episode is now online. The same site also released the first official look at footage from Operation Chastity, a Halo-themed live action film being made by Halo fans for Halo fans. Watch both videos, see some concept art and read more after the jump. Read More »
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