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Halo TV Show Still "In Development" According to Showtime President

Steven Spielberg is still apparently producing a television show based in the Halo universe.

News by Mike Williams, .

Way back in 2013, when Microsoft was pushing hard into television show development, it was announced that Steven Spielberg was producing a live-action show based on the Halo games. Microsoft's grand plans for TV mastery were scuttled and its President of Entertainment and Digital Media Nancy Tellem even left the company, but Halo remained. The series was planned for a Fall 2015 release on Showtime. Fall 2015 came and went, and folks expected that we'd never see the series again.

This week during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Showtime President David Nevins promised that Halo is still on the docket. Nevins told TV Guide that the Halo television show is "still in very active development". Does that mean there's a script? Some storyboards? Is it being cast? Nevins wouldn't comment any further.

There have been two Halo live-action projects already. There was the decent web series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn in 2012, covering the early days of humanity's war with the Covenant. In 2014, Halo: Nightfall was released, covering the origin story of Halo 5: Guardians protagonist Jameson Locke (played by future Luke Cage Mike Colter). Locke and the Master Chief even featured in some live-action commercials for Halo 5.

This feels driven more by Showtime. The network has dramas like Homeland, Billions, and Shameless, but it lacks any genre fare, especially a science-fiction action series like Halo would probably become. If Syfy can release The Expanse, I think Showtime could make Halo happen. It's just a matter of when.

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  • Avatar for elslan #1 elslan 2 months ago
    Xbox Entertainment Studios was stoodup around 2012, and closed in 2014 by Microsoft. This arm of Microsoft was the one in charge of TV/Movie properties and the Halo series (with Spielberg) for that format. Sounds like vaporware but the contracts still exist, they said they same thing back during the summer, nothing knew... vaporware. Add it to the list of stuff they backtracked or abandoned on the Xbox platform i.e. Kinect gone, TV focused of Xbox One gone, Groove integration with Xbox gone, TV/Movie content gone, etc. You can also watch live tv using RedBox TV.

    To be honest, not sure there is a real demand for a Halo TV show
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