May 27, 2013
Steven Spielberg To Produce Halo TV Series
Just when you thought it might not be entirely possible that Steven Spielberg was Jesus.
I wasn’t particularly moved by the Xbox One event, I’ll admit it. I’m just not there anymore, in that shroud of happiness with Microsoft that I once was. You know the type; endless hours of Halo or Gears of War or Forza Horizon, towers of pizza boxes emptied for your cholesterol-clogging purposes, shouting into your headset about how Bill Gates changed gaming in the early 21st century. You can be pretty pathetic with Xbox, and to elaborate, I’ll have proven it to you by the end of this discussion.
But first, let’s give the highlight of the day; Steven Spielberg appeared at the Xbox One event, although not actually present, and announced that he would be lending his hand in the creative process to produce a Halo TV series exclusively for Xbox One. This piece of news is the flagging instant that signals Xbox One’s quest for TV room dominance. By doing this, Microsoft is securing the belief that a game console can truly dominate our living rooms with virtually no difficulty. Spielberg talked about the unique storytelling aspect of Halo, including the silent protagonist’s aesthetic and posture.
Spielberg even regarded himself as a heavy Xbox fan and avid gamer, before passing the torch of the morning off to two other Xbox representatives. I’ve long wondered if Spielberg was the proper icon to head a department such as Halo, but I then realized that Peter Jackson’s protégé Niel Blomkamp directed the Halo short film, so I learned to relax. I suppose the worry here pertains to whether or not a film director can handle a critically acclaimed game series.
Who knows? Spielberg might actually redefine the way we see Master Chief in live action. With that being said, I’d have to call into attention how successful Forward Unto Dawn was.
For those that don’t know, Forward Unto Dawn was a series of short episodes to serve as propaganda hype for the release of Halo 4. Effectively, this viral campaign served as the backstory to one of the game’s main characters, Officer Lasky. While I’ll admit that the series turned out slow in the beginning, seeing Master Chief in that gigantic emerald suit made me cringe with happiness. The transformation to live action for this series has been absolutely mesmerizing, and God only knows what Spielberg can do as the producer of the series. Can you imagine?
Not many details have been given on the situation; only that Spielberg is present in the project. And after all, isn’t that all we really need to know for now? More updates on these events will make their way here if they do in fact change. Until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these events!