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Microsoft bosses: 'No Halo film with Ridley Scott'

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Jan 15, 2014 | 2:39pm EST

Microsoft representatives have shot down rumours suggesting director Sir Ridley Scott is set to produce a big screen adaptation of hit video game Halo. The Alien filmmaker became linked to the role after a writer for industry publication Production Weekly shared the news via Twitter.com earlier this week (beg13Jan14), stating, "The HALO project is a live-action feature-length digital produced by Ridley Scott... very limited info as of today, but (Paul Scheuring) is writing the project." The rumours quickly spread online, but now Microsoft bosses, who develop the futuristic Xbox games, have dismissed the movie speculation. A statement released to Eurogamer.net reads: "The Halo franchise encompasses many elements, including games, action figures, novels and more. "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." It isn't all bad news for Halo fans - Steven Spielberg signed on to executive produce a new live-action TV series based on main character Master Chief last May (13). A previously-planned movie version of Halo was due to be directed by District 9's Neill Blomkamp and produced by Peter Jackson, but the idea fell through in 2007 and was shelved indefinitely.

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