THE Belfast Telegraph is today reporting that the forthcoming big-budget adaption of the Halo video game franchise will be shot here in Belfast, with shooting believed to be already underway in the city’s Titanic quarter.
Northern Ireland Screen has confirmed it will be funding the project, which is being produced by Ridley Scott. Details of the project are still a closely guarded secret at present, although it is known that Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring has written the film’s screenplay and Battlestar Galactica’s Sergio Mimica-Gezzan has been confirmed to direct.
The news that Scott’s big-budget Halo production will be filmed in Belfast comes two years after his production company Scott Free Productions entered into a three-year partnership with Northern Ireland Screen to produce six low-budget feature films across various genres.
The confirmation comes just months after Microsoft initially quashed rumours of a Ridley Scott Halo film. However, a spokesman for the company behind the multi-billion dollar sci-fi video game franchise confirmed filming was now under way.
He said: “343 Industries, Xbox Entertainment Studios and Scott Free Productions are currently working on a Halo digital feature project to be released later this year.
More details about the film, including a more detailed cast list are due to be announced next month, as of yet it’s still unconfirmed who will be portraying the franchise’s central protagonist Master Chief in the big-screen adaption.