In the midst of all the news surrounding the new Xbox One, which was revealed by Microsoft today, it was announced that a live-action TV series based on the Halo franchise is currently in development and both 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg are involved. Nothing was revealed in regards to plot, setting etc., but we do know that the series will be exclusive to the Xbox One and that Dreamworks has a hand in the project.
Check out what Spielberg had to say on the upcoming TV series below:
“I wish I could be there with you today in person, but like all of you here today I’ve been playing games for decades. I even started playing Pong in 1974. And over the years that experience has exploded from the simple pixels of Pong to worlds that are as immersive as, and certainly more physically interactive than those portrayed on the silver screen. And those stories have gotten more compelling as technology has certainly improved.”
“So for me, the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet, to produce something really groundbreaking. I’m incredibly excited about the great journey we are all on, the heroes, worlds, and wonders that Halo will take us on.”
The show will likely be viewed on a pay per episode, or pay per season basis, though exact details on how that will work are still unclear. We also don’t know whether the show will only be available on the Xbox One or if it will just be available on the console first and will then release elsewhere.
The Xbox One is set to arrive this Holiday season, so you can expect more news on the Halo TV series in the near future. Right now though, we just don’t have enough information to make a fair judgement on how this one will turn out.
Personally, I would still rather them make a movie. Plans for a feature film have been around for a while now but every attempt to get the project off the ground has failed. While I see why a TV series would make more sense at this point, I still believe that a feature film could have worked and I do hope that perhaps one day in the future we’ll see such a thing come to fruition.