Movies based on video games don’t have the best of reputations, but as far as adaptations from an interactive medium to a non-interactive one go, the live-action series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn stands out as one of the better examples. Perhaps that’s why there are now two major live-action Halo projects in development, with two big names attached to them: a television series for Xbox One and Showtime with Steven Spielberg onboard as executive producer, and a digital feature that will be executive produced by Ridley Scott.
We recently brought you an update on the former project, and now it looks like development is moving ahead on the latter as well. The Halo digital feature was confirmed to be more than just rumor earlier this year when Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, a veteran TV director and long-time first assistant director for Spielberg, signed on to helm the project. Now the first casting news has come in, and it looks like the Halo feature has found its lead.
According to The Wrap, multiple sources close to the project are saying that Mike Colter, who recently played Lemond Bishop in CBS drama The Good Wife, is set to star in the Halo feature. As reported previously, the feature will not be about Master Chief but will instead focus on an original character called Marlowe; another surgically-enhanced super soldier who, despite being a rising star and an inspiration to his fellow Spartans, finds himself become more and more uneasy with certain aspects of the military industrial complex that he is a part of.
The Halo feature is being produced by 343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions, and was written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring. Fans of the multi-billion dollar Halo franchise, and non-fans who just like the idea of a futuristic military sci-fi movie, can look forward to learning more about it next month when Microsoft will announce further details at E3. It would be great to see a teaser or trailer by then, but at the very least it should get an official title.
E3 2014 may end up being a big year for Halo announcements. Not only are fans expecting to hear more about the two live-action Halo projects, but a new Halo game (tentatively titled Halo 5) has been confirmed for later this year, with more details to be revealed at E3. Whether the new game will end up tying into the TV series or feature, or whether they’ll all exist as separate entities, remains to be seen.
We’ll keep you updated on Halo as the project develops.
Source: The Wrap