"Lord Of The Rings" director Peter Jackson is blasting into new technological territory, teaming with Microsoft to create a half-film, half-video game venture for the Xbox, and it all begins with a new "Halo" project!
Jackson is already serving as executive producer on the forthcoming "Halo" movie, based on the insanely popular space-war video game that launched Microsoft’s Xbox franchise into vid-game stardom, and it seems now he’ll go even further as he adapts "Halo" into a whole new kind of interactive experience.
Microsoft and Jackson have collaborated to launch Wingnut Interactive, a new branch of Jackson’s Wingnut Films production company that will aim to create some sort of cinematic, super gaming creation that will be "not quite a game, not quite a film."
The surprise announcement came at yesterday’s Microsoft gaming conference XO6 in Barcelona. According to Variety, the "Halo" project will likely be produced by original video game developer Bungie, with writing by Jackson and "LOTR" co-scripters Fran Walsh and Phillippa Boyens.