It’s been a long time since we heard anything concrete about the Halo live-action television series. Officially announced back in 2013, Showtime (the channel who picked up the series) have been very quiet over its progress and development. Yet a recent interview has given fans hope that the series could still be on its way – even if we still have no solid facts about it.
Speaking during the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Showtime president and CEO David Nevins delivered an update on the long-forgotten Halo television property. When TVGuide asked him about what to expect, he stated that the series was;
“[It’s] still in very active development,”
He wouldn’t be drawn on further comments but did reveal that he had seen scripts for episodes relating to the live-action television show. Gry Levine, president of programming at Showtime, told TV Guide that the show was;
“is absolutely still in development, still moving forward and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far.”
He also went on to tease that both audiences of the video game and Showtime will find something to enjoy the series;
“It’s still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime.”
It’s been a long time since we heard anything related to this project. Halo as a franchise has shifted well over $3 billion in sales for its video games – yet the journey to get the franchise on to any kind of screen beyond video games has proven unsuccessful.
During the mid-2000’s, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox were reportedly working on a blockbuster movie – which was quietly canned in 2006. Since then the focus has been on creating a television series, which is where this television series comes in.
Originally this series was intended to release alongside Halo 5: Guardians in 2015 – but that never came to pass. Microsoft’s decision to shelve all original programming on their Xbox platform left the series in limbo. Reports in 2017 suggested it was dead in the water.
Our Take: As a long-time Halo fan, I’m both curious and horrified at the idea another stab at a live-action outing for the series. 2014’s Halo: Nightfall was pretty tragic.
Whatever form the show ends up taking, it’ll be interesting to see just what happens. Halo has huge breakout potential beyond video games – but Microsoft has been unable to harvest that into anything meaningful. Here’s hoping if this ever makes it to the finish line, it’s worth the effort.