You might remember that back in 2013, Showtime announced the production of a live action TV series adapting the Halo universe to the silver screen, produced by Steven Spielberg. While such an announcement was understandably met with huge excitement, the fact that we hadn’t heard much from the project in over four years certainly made people question if the show was still in the works at all. However, the situation has slightly changed this week, as top Showtime executives have confirmed the Halo series is still very much part of the plans of the network.
The confirmation was made in an interview with TV Guide as part of the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said on the state of the project: “[It’s] still in very active development,” which is not much, but at least it’s confirmation from the very top position in the company. Thankfully, the president of programming, Gary Levine, expanded a bit on that thought, saying that the show “is absolutely still in development, still moving forward and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far.” While he wouldn’t say any details on when to expect it, he did say that “it’s still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime.”
Perhaps Showtime and Microsoft plan on coordinating the premiere of the TV show with the release of the next mainline Halo, which still hasn’t even been formally announced, but we know it will go back to focus exclusively on the figure of Master Chief.