For nearly a decade we’ve heard rumours about a Halo movie. Recently, in January this year rumours were floating around that there were plans for a live-action Halo movie produced by Ridley Scott (known for Blade Runner, Alien, & Prometheus). It wasn’t long before Microsoft put an end to the speculation stating there were “no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time”
According to the latest news/rumours from numerous sources it seems like Microsoft was technically correct, and we fell victim to their word play. While there is no Halo motion picture or movie, there seems to be many confirmations that there’s a Halo live-action series instead. Many sites are citing this story as unconfirmed but IGN has stated that Microsoft has indeed confirmed this information. I’m sure we’ll get more information and clarification during E3 in June.
Apparently, a “digital feature project” based on the Halo game series is in fact in the works from 343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios, and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions.The digital feature will be set in the 26th century and follow “a surgically-enhanced super solider who is NOT Master Chief”. The project is also expected to have similar treatment to Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which was a weekly web-series that released 5 episodes leading up to Halo 4’s launch. Also according to The Wrap, this live-action project is expected to debut before the end of the year
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (known for Battlestar Galactica and Heroes) will be directing and Microsoft pointed out that this is “completely separate from the Halo TV series by Steven Spielberg – which by the way is still on track”. Mimica-Gezzan has collaborated with Spielberg in the past as a first assistant director on many of his films.
It’s also rumoured that this team have their eyes set on Paul Scheuring, creator of the widely-known “Prison Break” series, to write the project.