‘Halo’ Live-Action TV Series From Steven Spielberg Announced

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We may have thought that Halo had already missed its chance at moving from the realm of video game into that of live-action storytelling. But at today’s announcement of Microsoft’s next console, the Xbox One, that all changed.

In addition to the games and cross-media integration detailed, Microsoft took the opportunity to capitalize on the success of the live-action – and completely free – Web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn by announcing a new live-action Halo television series, created in partnership with developer 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg himself.

Details on the plot, setting, or delivery platform of the series were not given, beyond the claims that the “premium” series would be exclusive to the Xbox One, and developed in partnership with Dreamworks. We had known for some time that Dreamworks was working on reviving the stalled Halo film, but now it appears that the two companies have come up with a new, less-costly solution.

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Spielberg briefly commented on the new deal and TV series, and while his level of involvement in the project isn’t clear, his words do offer support to those hoping to see more video game films in the near future:

“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.”

Spielberg’s enthusiasm for video games in general, and Halo in particular has been well-documented, so seeing his name attached to such an announcement is not surprising. And if you’ve been following our coverage of Halo’s cross-media development, this isn’t a shock either. We already went into great detail on how the Forward Unto Dawn web series could resurrect the live-action potential of the brand, although what ties the coming series will share with that prequel story remain to be seen.

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It’s unclear if the show will be exclusive to Xbox owners, or will simply be released on the console before being made available to the general public. However, the use of the term “premium” does imply that customers will be expected to pay, either on a per-episode, or more likely, per-season basis. Microsoft had claimed in the past that they would only move forward with a live-action Halo project “when the time was right,” and the launch of a new console seems to be the opportunity they’ve been waiting for.

If the series is going to be used to sell consoles, the chances of seeing the show elsewhere – beyond a later home video release – seems less likely. With the Xbox One expected to release this holiday season, expect plenty more information to be released before the TV series gets into production.

We’ll keep you updated as more details on the Halo TV series are released. For all the details on the new Xbox One, be sure to head over to Game Rant.


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  1. Spielberg and halo? im in

    • XBox One will be awesome, but this was the best part of the unveil.

  2. Spielberg is only here for MS to get his name… he will only be an exec producer or he will direct the pilot. but saying that forward unto dawn was successful without him, but he is only involved because of who he is.

    • I think having Spielberg as an Executive Producer is something any studio would be lucky to claim, even if he’s not directing.

      • Isn’t that what we said about Terra Nova?

        • Zing

        • An executive producer (EP) enables and backs up the making of a commercial entertainment product. He or she is concerned with management accounting and possibly with associated legal issues (like copyrights or royalties).[1] An EP also contributes to the film’s budget, and does not work on set.[2]

          Spielberg was an executive producer and halo has already been proven to be a successful ip as a book,video game, and a web series it practically already had a show with forward unto dawn.

    • Yes, hopefully it will only be his name an nothing more. That way he will not have a chance to dumb it down and ruin it.

      Forward Undo Dawn was great! Let that crew make more. I don’t want to see Halo: Goonies.

  3. Forget halo! Mass Effect series would be better

    • How are they gonna do the paragon/renegade choices? Sme people might like the choices, some people might hate it

  4. I’m stoked that a live-action Halo tv series is going to made. I will be annoyed, however, if it’s only available to people that own am X Box One.

    • I don’t know how Microsoft wants to make money out of it, but if they go with commercials before and through it it’s best if it is available on the 360 too. But it could be a whole other business model, maybe it will be like Spartan Ops to Halo 5, then it is going to be One exclusive.

    • If you don’t plan on owning an X Box One I can only assume you didn’t see the unveil today. The thing is going to be a BEAST!

      • Well, you know what they say about assumptions.

        • Yep. They are awesome and we should do it more often.

    • Agreed, indeed.

    • its not exclusive for xbox one

  5. Quit stalling and messing around. Make a series for regular TV, or get a real movie going. And hate to be blunt, but that goes for the JLA movie, as well. Go or get off the pooparino, boys!~{If ya don’t stop stalling, I’ll start squalling!}

  6. This is cool, and I am a Halo fan, but I would prefer a Halo movie franchise.

    • True, although Marvel’s strategy of blending movies with a TV series makes me think it would also be a perfect fit for Halo.

      • Stark: “Certs is a breath mint!”
        Andrew Dyce: “Certs is a candy mint!”
        Goldilocks: “Wait! You’re both right!”

  7. Cool… I think.

  8. Yayyy just what TV needs, more boring generic sci-fi with with all the intellectual ambition of Call of Duty.
    Frank called it, at least Mass Effect has some ideas. If I wanted to see Aryan space marines killing aliens I’d watch Starship Troopers, at least that’s aware of its own fascistic undertones….

  9. Spielberg + Halo = EPIC
    … I don’t plan on owning an X-Box One though.
    It’s kind of dumb to make an entire tv series (undoubtedly a high-budget one at that) exclusive only to one, limited market.

  10. I’m a HALO freak. It’s,primarily , the only game I play.

    I will be watching this. Cool deal.

  11. As long as it’s similar to the Spartan Ops stuff in Halo 4 and never shows Master Chief, I’m all for it.

    It’s a shame it has to be live action though when the CGI in Spartan Ops episode openers is pretty much as close to real life as you can get technically right now but it seems like a good idea.

  12. Weird decision. Halo’s subject matter yells “big budget blockbuster” to me. I can’t see a TV show capturing the scope and action that makes Halo Halo, unless we are talking Band of Brothers/The Pacific/HBO production values I’m not thrilled about it.

    • p.s.: oh, and about the exclusivity: don’t get me started.

  13. Ok… Cool but hows about a movie instead!?

  14. Pay for online monthly and then pay for the series on top of THAT? I’m so NOT in. Just like I was not in last gen.

    I will say this, though: The new frontier of TRUE home entertainment is upon us and theatres may well be extinct in 20 years. The paradigm shift is happening. Hollywood can get on board or die as Game developers graduate/evolve into full film production companies. If I can pay to download a new movie to my new 60″ at home, then why would I ever want to pay for gas, annoyances, and ridiculously priced junkfood ever again?

    • I will always love the experience of seeing a movie Ive been really excited for on the huge screen with the booming sound. I think a lot of people that enjoy movies enjoy the experience too so I don’t think they’ll be extinct unless comparable tech comes around

  15. Will fall the same fate as Spielberg’s last TV venture,Terra Nova.

  16. Spielberg is execute producer on the Transformers franchise and look how that turned out…but it would blow everyone’s mind if he is directing it or actually producing it instead of just having his name plastered on the show or (potential) movie.

  17. I hadn’t given any thoughts on this announcement earlier but I think it sounds as a good idea. Forward onto dawn was a pretty good movie. Unfortunately, Based on todays reveal not much was shown that has me gearing towards purchasing an XO…

  18. spielberg? So it’s going to be Masterchief and some cute kids vs the Covenant and one kid befriends one of the cuter aliens.

  19. Bring on the illegal downloads!

  20. Pssssssst, Spielberg…

    Put in a good word for bringing back “Freakazoid!”

    It was your show, after all 😉

  21. Although I love the idea I think it might be too little too late. With Deknight working on Incursion it sort of sounds like Halo with a different name and given Deknight’s work with Spartacus I would be more interested in Incursion. We shall see how it all works out though

  22. They should let the Forward Unto Dawn team make the TV show. They were great, talented, interesting. The idea that Spielberg will make a baby Master Chief ridding a skate board ala the lost boys of Hook will forever give me nightmares.

    This was be far the worst part of the unveiling.

  23. Tv show? C’mon… I agree that a movie, or a few, would be much better. Imagine to visit the big white screen to watch Halo!
    I’m afraid that a TV show will ruin my Halo experience.
    Forward unto Dawn was something else. Bullseye for me, but then again, it feelt like some kind of test that turned out better then expected. Low expectations I guess. Nothing can go wrong then.
    So, maby it will be the same with this TV show? I sure hope so, don’t you dare f*ck up my Halo life :)

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