We've known for a while that Microsoft has been preparing a big push into television content creation, and today the company has released a wave of details on a wide variety of shows that are currently in development.
Confusingly, the new streaming service is being called Xbox Originals, which some might recall is the exact same name that was given to the area of the Xbox 360 Marketplace for emulated classic Xbox games
. This has absolutely nothing to do with those games, but is essentially Microsoft's answer to the original programming coming out of other Internet savvy companies like Netflix and Amazon.
A new post on the official Xbox News Wire blog outlines six "committed projects" -- series, miniseries and shorts which are all well into production -- and a further six "projects in development". Here's a couple of choice selections:
“Halo” television series
The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.
“Humans” is a bold new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. Award-winning UK production company Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”) will produce the hour-long, eight-episode series, which will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.
“Halo” digital feature
343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a "Halo" digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan ("Battlestar Galactica," "Pillars of the Earth," "Heroes") will direct.
Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an innovative, hybrid stop-motion show dubbed “Extraordinary Believers” (working title) with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-Award winning “Robot Chicken,” the longest running stop-motion show on television. The executive producers on the project are Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and creators/writers/executive producers are Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV.
Xbox Entertainment Studios and IDW Entertainment are co-developing a limited event live-action series based on Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino’s seminal graphic novel series “Winterworld,” in which our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (“Walking Dead”) will executive produce.
The Xbox Originals shows are due to start airing on Xbox 360, Xbox One and "other Microsoft devices" in June 2014. hit up the official blog post
for the complete list of programming.