Award-winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg will executive produce an original "Halo" television series based on the popular video games. It will have exclusive interactive Xbox One content.
The blockbuster game franchise inspired a 90-minute Web series, "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn," that put the video game's protagonist, Master Chief, at the center of the cinematic action. The fall release helped drive sales of the "Halo 4" game. The games have sold more than 50 million titles.
Now, Spielberg will continue exploring the space marine's narrative in a live-action TV series based on "Halo's" universe.
"I'm thrilled to anounce a live-action partnership with 343 Industries and one of the best storytellers of all time: Mr. Steven Spielberg," said Bonnie Ross, general manager of Microsoft's 343 Industries studio, which manages the "Halo" franchise.
Spielberg appeared via video at the Microsoft One next-generation console launch to say he has been a lifelong gamer who began playing in the era of "Pong." As the technology has evolved, he said, the interactive worlds and stories grew more compelling.