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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 »

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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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DreamWorks Wants To Make The ‘Halo’ Movie

Halo: Reach, the latest game in the hugely successful Microsoft video game franchise, might have done what some of the biggest studios in Hollywood could not: once again breath life into a Halo movie. The game, which made $200 million in its first day, has rejuvenated interest in a franchise whose insider back story is more interesting and vicious than anything Master Chief has ever encountered. Though it had been rumored in the past, reportedly DreamWorks is now “renewing its efforts to obtain the rights and revive the project.” And their solution to get around all the red tape created by five years of development hell? Adapt the Halo video game novelizations. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

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There hasn’t been much movement on a Halo movie of late—not since G.I. Joe screenwriter Stuart Beattie was revealed to have written a spec script for the film a couple of years back. Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) was supposed to helm the project at one point, but those plans fell through due to its escalating budget. Since then though, the Halo franchise has more than proven its financial viability—Halo 3 sold over $170 million worth in copies within 24 hours of release—but now Blomkamp has no desire to return, even if granted the opportunity to do so.

So where does that leave the Halo movie? Read More »

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