Xbox Entertainment Studios is producing a new digital feature based on the video game series Halo in conjunction with 343 Industries and celebrated sci-fi director/producer Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions.
Microsoft has confirmed that Xbox Entertainment Studios is producing a new digital feature based on the video game series Halo, according to a report by The Wrap,
Made in partnership with game developer 343 Industries and celebrated sci-fi director/producer Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, the project will be executive produced by Scott and Scott Free TV president David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica, Pillars of the Earth, Heroes) will direct. Additional details will be unveiled at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles in June.
The Halo digital feature is separate from the Halo premium digital series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, which is reportedly still on track. Mimica-Gezzan worked as Spielberg’s first assistant director on eight films, including Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report.
Halo is a multi-billion dollar sci-fi military video game franchise that began with Halo: Combat Evolved, developed by Bungie, which debuted in November 2001 as an exclusive launch title for the Xbox gaming system.
The Spielberg and Scott projects won’t be the first screen adaptations of the game. In November 2012, the five-part web series Halo 4: Forward into Dawn, originally shot as a feature film, debuted on Machinima Prime in conjunction with the release of the game Halo 4.
Jennifer Wolfe is Director of News & Content at Animation World Network.