'Halo' TV Series Plot Started Life As A Fan Fiction Movie Script By 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Writer

The Halo TV series plot was apparently conceived as part of a Halo movie fan fiction script, according to the writer, whose ideas were picked up by famous director Steven Spielberg.

In a related report by The Inquisitr, the US Army is working on a new helmet design that looks almost exactly like the Halo helmet used by ODST troopers, although it also resembles the Master Chief in some ways.

At E3 2014, Microsoft may announce the Halo 5 release date, a Halo movie series, and a Halo TV series all at the same time, according to rumors. Now the Halo movie and the Halo TV series are actually two separate projects. The live-action TV series, directed by Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, is expected to be launched or at least announced in the summer of 2014 alongside other Xbox originals, exclusive to the Xbox One.

The Halo movie by 343 Industries / Scott Free Productions is being produced by Ridley Scott and is expected to be similar to Forward Unto Dawn and be split up into multiple sequels. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan of Battlestar Galactica and Heroes fame will direct. The first Halo movie is expected to be released in 2014.

Stuart Beattie is the writer of the original Halo TV series script and he is not exactly a no-name. He's worked on Pirates Of The Carribean, Collateral, I, Frankenstein, and various other projects. Although Beattie says he was never involved in the Halo movie writing process, he does have an interesting back story to how the Halo TV show came to be:

"When the writer's strike was on a few years ago, I wrote a Halo movie script – but it was basically only for myself, because I was such a big fan. I knew there was no money in it, because it was someone else's property. But the script got shown around town, and when the Halo TV show got up, they gave me a call. We're using a big 70-pager bible I wrote on the world of Halo. It just shows you that if you write from the heart – even if there's nothing initially in it for you – it can lead somewhere. But this show is going to be big – it's Spielberg and its Showtime."
The word on the street is that Showtime and Microsoft are finishing hammering out the deal for the Halo TV series. It's possible that the pilot episode will broadcast first on Showtime only to eventually be released on Xbox Live for Gold members. The other rumor suggests that only two episodes will air on Showtime, then the rest would be on Xbox One only.

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