Contrary to recent rumors, Microsoft has made an official comment that they have “no current plans” to produce a Halo movie.
The rumor mill has been abuzz with the possibility of Master Chief making his debut on the silver screen, as rumors of a feature length Halo film have been mounting. The rumors were founded by the reports that Ridley Scott, the famed director of the landmark sci-fi thriller Alien, had signed on to direct the supposed digital film.
Unfortunately Microsoft has stepped in to lay the rumor to rest, saying that they aren’t working on a new film adaptation of the beloved franchise:
“The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Eurogamer.
“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: Forward Unto Dawn.
“We plan to continue telling the Halo story through innovative channels, but there are no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time.”
While we may not see Sierra 117 battling Covies on an IMAX 3D screen any time soon, Microsoft plans to broadcast a live-action Halo television show as part of the Xbox One’s original programming campaign. The show itself will be spearheaded by Steven Spielberg and aims to tap the commercial success of the previous mini-series Forward Unto Dawn.
To date, the prospect of a Halo movie ever coming to fruition has been up and down within the industry, with many projects fizzling out or put on hold. Peter Jackson (of Middle Earth fame) and District 9 director Neil Blomkamp teamed up to adapt a Halo film way back in 2007, producing a few shorts collectively known as Halo: Landfall before the project ultimately fell apart.
The franchise is ripe with potential in terms of movies and even digital video, with a massive galaxy filled to the brim with conflict, mystery and sci-fi themes that provide the framework for the genre.
Halo: Legends, the animated anthology, and Forward Unto Dawn are examples of the possibilities that lay ahead for the series when it comes to video-based adaptations. This medium can also be advantageous to Microsoft and 343i in terms of bridging the story gaps between game releases, as well as solidifying the expanding canon established by the Halo novels.
Although Halo fans will have to wait before Master Chief hits the big screen, a new game in the best-selling series will be released in 2014. Microsoft’s own PR Manager Rob Semsey has recently confirmed that a new Halo game is coming this year exclusively to the Xbox One–although it may not be Halo 5.
Rest assured your next Halo journey WILL begin in 2014. #staycalm
— Rob Semsey (@RobSemsey) January 6, 2014
It’ll be interesting to see if (and when) the Halo movie develops, and which studio and director ultimately handles its production–but it’ll be hard to replace the Jackson-Blomkamp duo. The Halo TV show hasn’t received a concrete release date, but Microsoft is believed to roll out the debut of its original programming soon.