At E3 2013, Microsoft revealed that they are working on a Halo television series to be broadcast through Xbox TV in co-operation with legendary film maker, Steven Spielberg. Recently, Microsoft spoke more about the series confirming that the plot is not going to be a filler and will actually bring a lot more people to the Halo franchise than just any other game.
The Halo series started in 2001 and has since spawned numerous sequels aswell as merchandise including Action Figures, Comic Books, Mega Block Figures, Belt Buckles & Costumes to name a few. The series has also had a few inputs in media including Anime; Halo Legends & the Live-Action Mini-Series which led into Halo 4 called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. In addition to all of this, Halo was in talks to get a movie adaptation years ago with Peter Jackson at the helm however the deal fell through and nothing has come of it since. This year is going to see the release of a brand new Halo game on the Xbox One aswell as the TV Series which is getting made in accordance with Steven Spielberg.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer was in a recent interview with OXM (Official Xbox Magazine) where he said the new show will be a proper Halo experience, not just something designed to fill the gap between games. “I think there’s a story in the Halo games that’s noteworthy, and that we can introduce more people to the IP by putting the franchise, stories, and characters in more accessible mediums than a first person shooter. That’s a good thing for Halo, a good thing for the platform, and a good thing for the IP owners.”
“I definitely don’t think of it as filler. Halo, you could argue, is the most important entertainment IP that Microsoft owns. I can’t use the word filler anywhere near Halo, it just won’t work. If we’re going to do a television series with Halo, we’re going to do it the right way, and we’re going to do it because we think it really matters.” Spencer then went on to compare Microsoft’s efforts with Halo to that of The Walking Dead which first started out as a successful comic book series and then went on to spawn a successful TV Series and 2 games (1 of which got GOTY).
“I’m a big Walking Dead fan,” Spencer admitted. “I’ve read the comics and graphic novels; the IP has grown and became more accessible as it hit TV, then went to videogames where it did incredibly well, and I think that strategy of growing and deepening what the franchise and IP is about is a good strategy for an IP holder.”
The Halo TV Series doesn’t have an exact air date but we can be sure to expect it sometime later this year when the new game comes out.
So what do you think? Are you excited for a Halo TV Series? Do you want to see a Halo Movie? When do you want to get your hands on an Xbox One Halo Game? Be sure to let me know in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for more Halo news when it becomes available.
Article by Matthew McNamee