During the unveiling of the new X-Box One – which is a curiously counterintuitive name – Microsoft also announced a TV series derived from Halo. That’s not the only big name involved, however, as they’ve made a deal for Steven Spielberg to come onboard.
What exactly will he do? Probably what he did for the Transformers movies, or even something like Back to the Future or Gremlins. That’s a) consult b) endorse and c) get mistakenly showered with credit.
Okay, c) didn’t happen so much with the Transformers films.
Also in a position of influence are 343 Industries, the current developers of Halo games.
Now, we’re calling this a TV series, and it is, I suppose, in just the sense that Netflix and Amazon have been making TV. But, as you’d expect, you’re going to need an X-Box to watch it.
There were plans for a Halo movie, some years back, with Alex Garland amongst the writers, Peter Jackson producing and Neill Blomkamp directing. It didn’t happen. Still, I can’t help but wonder what words PJ and Spielberg might exchange about these projects.
There was also a leak, back in March, that Spielberg and Dreamworks were working on a Halo film. Turns out that wasn’t quite right. Shame I didn’t take more seriously at the time, really.
The X-Box One launch featured a video of Spielberg talking the new show up. That’s yet to hit YouTube, but here’s the general, all-purpose console launch clip.