A Halo TV series will be premiering on Showtime and is going to be produced by Steven Spielberg. For various years since the release of the critically acclaimed video game franchise from Microsoft, there have been talks of a Halo film. That idea has now developed into a TV series that has already been in the works for over a year.
Halo is based on a video game franchise from Microsoft that was first released in 2001 on Xbox of the same name. The video game is a first person shooter game that is set in space and deals with galactic warfare, and the first game centered on a Soldier character named Chief. In the video game the players battle aliens on foot or with the use of military vehicles. The video game is set hundreds of years in the future, where Earth is at war with an alien race. The Halo video game series has spawned various sequels, and other forms of adaptations. The video games were a major hit both financially and critically, in total the video games have sold over 50-million copies and grossing about 3.4-billion to date.
Now that a Halo TV series is coming to Showtime and being produced by Steven Spielberg, fans will finally get to see a serious real-life adaptation of the video game with a proper budget and behind the scenes cast. Since the video game is set in war-fare, who better to produce than the director of films such as Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. Spielberg is no stranger to cable network series, in 2001 he produced the critically acclaimed series Band of Brothers. His experience with science fiction and military genres will blend perfectly to create the world of Halo.
There have been various adaptations of the video game series, from graphic novels, comics, and even anime. For a few years there were rumors of a film being made and even a script was being developed by screenwriter Alex Garland. There were talks that the studio behind the film was in negotiations with Guillermo del Toro to direct, when that fell through the studio hired Neil Blomkamp, best known for his District 9 film. The film was to be produced by Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson. The film was never made, and it was ultimately declared dead by those involved. A live-action mini series was made that went straight to DVD and is now on Netflix, but was not part of the film that was to be made.
Most video game to film adaptations, and vice versa have had a history of failing in both box-office and financial means. With such a massive world that Halo is set in and with such various dynamic characters, the best thing for it is to be adapted as a series. The fact that it will air on Showtime gives the creators the freedom to go as hardcore as the video game itself. The plan is to take Halo and create a real and gritty world that best represents that of the video game. No word yet as to when the Steven Spielberg produced series Halo will air on Showtime, fans will have to wait a little longer to see it, but they still have plenty of Halo video games to pass the time till then.
Opinion by Miguel A. Tamayo