Amidst the aftermath and hefty discussion following the Xbox One’s official unveiling in May 2013, perhaps one of the few, albeit minor, glimmers of positive news to take from out the press conference was the announcement of a live-action Halo TV series — fronted by none other than Steven Spielberg as executive producer. Nearly five years later and with Microsoft’s then-ambition to expand into television content in the gutter not long after the console’s release, there’s been very little (if any) update on the fate of Microsoft’s biggest IP’s leap onto TV screens.
In an interview with TV Guide, Gary Levine — president of programming for the cable network and production company Showtime — has given reassurances that the project is still very much in development. “[It’s] absolutely still in development, still moving forward and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far…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 has already made a jump to live-action content in the form of Forward Unto Dawn and the digital-only Nightfall, both releasing in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Details are of course still thin on the nature or premise of the series’ TV/cable debut and nobody at Showtime was willing to provide further comment on its status.