In an amazing surprise move at Microsoft’s Xbox One announcement today, the company revealed that it has partnered with none other than Hollywood director Steven Spielberg to create a live action television series based on the widely popular Xbox exclusive first person shooter franchise Halo.
Speaking alongside Microsoft’s entertainment and digital media president Nancy Tellem, Bonnie Ross, studio head at Halo developer 343 Industries, said that she looks forward to merging “the storytelling magic of television with the interactive innovation of Xbox One.” Spielberg is working directly with 343 Industries to develop the series.
Then Spielberg himself took the stage, well digitally.
“For me, the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at that intersection where technology and myth-making meet to create something really groundbreaking,” Spielberg said, speaking on screen.
Microsoft’s agenda is to transform its gaming console into an all-in-one home entertainment device, Xbox Entertainment Studios plans to apply a game development model to producing original TV-style programming such as movies, sitcoms, live events and such.
Previously, 343 and Microsoft worked with director Stewart Hendler to create a web-series, “Forward Unto Dawn,” to coincide with the release of last year’s Halo 4. But this is taking it to a whole other level.
There are no details yet, but I imagine they will be revealed in the near future. Nancy Tellem did say Premium television series though.