Microsoft have announced today that Ridley Scott is currently working on a Halo digital feature. A press release revealed that Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions – Scott’s own company – “are proud to announce a new Halo…project to be released later this year.” The director, who is responsible for kick-starting the Alien franchise and directing the sci-fi, dystopian film Blade Runner, is attached as executive producer.
The digital feature is set to be directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who has worked on several episodes of Battlestar Galactica, while the creator of the TV series Prison Break, Paul Scheuring, will potentially be attached to the project as a writer.
This latest Halo news is similar to the announcement of the TV adaptation of the popular FPS title, which is being produced by Steven Spielberg. However, while the latter is said to be a live-action feature, neither project is being described as a Halo movie. Microsoft even told Eurogamer back in January that they had no plans to make a motion picture adaptation and were more interested in simply telling the story “through innovative channels.”
Details are still to be announced, but this is clear evidence of Microsoft’s investment and commitment to developing content for the Xbox One. This new Halo feature could potentially marry the video games and movie industry to bring fans a slice of entertainment for the current generation, which has a focus on multi-media and trans-media projects.
As always, we’ll be sure to keep you posted on more details as they arise, so stay tuned!