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Ridley Scott is Master Chief of Halo 'digital feature'

The "Alien" director will serve as executive producer on the project, which is due to be released later this year.

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A new "Halo" project is in the works, with "Gladiator" director Ridley Scott signed up to serve as executive producer.

The 'digital feature' will see Sergio Mimica-Gezzan take the directorial reins, CNET's sister-site GameSpot reports, citing a Microsoft press release. Mimica-Gezzan has previously directed episodes of the geek-pleasing "Battlestar Galactica" TV show.

There's little information right now on what exactly a 'digital feature' is, but it seems unlikely to be a full bells-and-whistles Hollywood movie. Maybe it'll be an exclusive downloadable treat for Xbox One owners, or a series of shorts, à la 2010's "Halo Legends".

Meanwhile, "Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn" was a live-action effort, while "Jaws" director Steven Spielberg is attached to a .

Games don't often translate into compelling movies, but here's hoping that the involvement of Ridley Scott's 'Scott Free' production house can spice things up a little. Scott is best known for his directing work, and is responsible for such classics as "Alien", "Thelma & Louise" and, er, "G.I. Jane".

Would you watch a Halo 'digital feature'? What advice would you offer its production team? Have your say in the comments below.