On Sunday, Film & TV tracking database Production Weekly revealed on their Twitter page that director Ridley Scott is producing a live-action Halo adaptation for the big screen. It was also revealed that Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring will be writing the screenplay.
Take a look at the conversation that took place between the site and a staff member from IGN, which offers the fact that this will be a live-action digital feature. Could that mean its a webseries that will be shot at feature length and broken into webisodes? Production Weekly does not answer if this is tied into the Steven Spielberg produced XBox series, but seems to separate the two as different entities.
Could we be getting a Halo movie after all these years? Or is there a possibility that they are mistaking the project for Steven Spielberg's upcoming Halo TV series for Xbox One? In a follow-up statement, Microsoft, the company behind the franchise, issued the following statement, which denies a feature film is in the works.
""The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more.
As always, we have many projects in the works that offer us the opportunity to bring in new audiences to the franchise, as we did in the past with Halo Legends and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
Maybe Ridley Scott is producing a follow-up to Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. Having TV writer Paul Scheuring might provide a clue that it will be another feature-length chopped down to 10 minute episodes, something that is not denied and very plausible as the franchise movies on into the future.
District 9 and Elysium director Neill Blomkamp was originally supposed to direct a feature back in the mid-2000s under producer Peter Jackson, but a ballooning budget and other complications caused that movie to stall, with Blomkamp eventually stepping away to make his 2009 directorial debut. It has now been more than 13 years since Microsoft and Sony first set out to make a Halo feature film.
Are we getting closer to a movie? That's tough to say. For now, Halo seems to be more confined to the small screen as a digital TV series.
Check out this trailer for that game, and stay tuned to find out if the film will come to fruition.