Steven Spielberg Making New Halo TV Show for Xbox One

By Phill Powell

Two Best Director Oscars and a body of work that has earned $8.5 billion at the box office. Ladies and gentleman, Steven Spielberg.

Xbox One is not only Microsoft’s latest entry in the video-game console arena but it’s a bid to capture the entire living room experience. Part of Microsoft’s plan includes original content that will only be available through the Xbox One via Xbox LIVE…like an original Halo TV series that will be helmed by Steven Spielberg.

Spielberg (Jaws, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park) will produce the new series based on Xbox’s “Halo” video-game series, working in association with 343 Studios.

“I’ve been playing games for decades. (Video game) worlds are as immersive and certainly more interactive than those portrayed on the silver screen,” Spielberg said at the Xbox One Conference in a pre-recorded interview. “For me the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity…to create something truly groundbreaking.”

Worlds of Entertainment Collide
Microsoft really does intend for the new Xbox to be a full-fledged entertainment system that can successfully deliver all types of original programming, in the same manner that Netflix original programming is shaking up the streaming-video world with exclusive series like House of Cards and Hemlock Grove.

The Halo show will be delivered as a premium service, meaning that Xbox viewers can expect to pay a monthly fee to see it. And while the show is rumored to be a live-action series, it is not the first television show based on the game. Already the award-winning Halo Forward Unto Dawn series (which can be seen on Netflix) has opened fans up to the many possibilities of the Halo universe.

As for Spielberg, who has been making movies for five decades, this also isn’t the first time he’s gotten involved with games. He helped develop the puzzle game Boom Blox with EA. Check out the preview and hear Spielberg’s own words about the project in the video below: