Nearly five years ago, Microsoft announcing a live action Halo television series produced by Steven Spielberg was one of the few surprises of its controversial Xbox One Reveal event. Indeed, this was right when Microsoft was pushing its Xbox Enterainment Studios, aiming to create original films and series for Xbox users.
A year later, a clear lack of enthusiasm for Microsoft’s entertainment ambitions pushed the company to close its Xbox Entertainment Studios. The fate of the Halo television series was still a bit of a mystery to this day, but a new report from TV Guide reveals that the series is still in development at Showtime (via Eurogamer):
Gary Levine, president of programming at Showtime, told TV Guide that Halo “is absolutely still in development, still moving forward and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far.” Levine could not give a timeframe about when we could see it or place the series in the franchise’s complicated lore, but added, “It’s still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime.”
Halo definitely remains one of Microsoft’s popular game franchises today, and two Halo TV series already exist: Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Halo: Nightfall. This is in addition to the 3D animated miniseries Halo: The Fall of Reach and the collection of anime films Halo Legends, which are both available on Netflix. Do you think we could finally hear more about this new Halo TV series at E3 this year? Let us know below.Further reading: 343 Industries, Halo, Showtime, TV Shows