A large portion of the new Ridley Scott movie, Halo will be filmed in Iceland.
Ridley Scott’s production company is making the Halo film, based on the computer game, for the computing giant Microsoft. The film will be recorded in Iceland and Ireland.
The production budget is more than USD 10 million, and Halo is the latest in a string of successful films based on computer games.
xBox Entertainment spokespeople presented the idea of the new film at a press conference yesterday, RÚV reports. They hope that the film will help spread the popularity of Halo still further. The Halo games are already some of the most popular among xBox games console users.
It has been confirmed that the film will not be distributed in the normal way, but it is not yet known how people will be able to see it. It is likely that access will be prioritized for people who own Microsoft equipment. The film’s director will be Sergio Mimica Gezzan, who has previously directed the Battlestar Galactica television series.
At the press conference it was also revealed that Steven Spielberg plans to produce a television series based on the Halo games, though it is not yet known whether he plans to film the show in Iceland. Speilberg has, however, previously stated his interest in filming movies in Iceland.
The Halo games are extremely popular and their impact has been likened to that of Star Wars. The games’ fans are passionate and call themselves the Halo Nation. Over 50 million copies of the games have been sold and over a million xBox users played Halo 4 online in its first day.