‘Halo’ TV Series To Air on Showtime & Xbox One

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The elusive dream that is a feature-length Halo has been in development for years, with so many major adaptations of the popular video game franchise ultimately coming to naught. The most famous of these was to be a live-action film directed by Neill Blomkamp, before it was canceled and he went on to make District 9

There does appear to be movement on a Halo digital feature to be produced by Prometheus director Ridley Scott, with a script by  Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Falling Skies). There’s also a separate, Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series which will air on Microsoft’s XBox One next-gen console, which may (or may not) see Blomkamp hop aboard to direct the pilot.

Variety now reports that premium cable outlet Showtime is close to a deal which will see the channel develop and air a “live-action drama series” based on the game franchise. Xbox Entertainment Studios and Showtime will partner on the show, which will air on both the premium channel as well as on the Xbox. While the deal is apparently still in the negotiations phase, it sounds like the project will be finalized soon.

The series is in development under Spielberg’s Amblin TV banner, with an undisclosed pair of showrunners working from “an expansive bible” from screenwriter Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). The Halo series will air on Showtime first, then on the Xbox One platform.

Halo 4 Master Chief falling Halo TV Series To Air on Showtime & Xbox One

This is indeed new territory for both Microsoft and Showtime, and while the series has been in development at Amblin TV for more than a year, there are no details as to how long this deal with Showtime has been in the works. Microsoft is understandably protective of its hit property, and is evidently working to included an “enhanced interactivity” for the platform. What exactly this means is unclear, but suggests some kind of multi-platform connection between the TV series and upcoming installments of the game.

Stuart Beattie’s involvement with the Halo adaptation goes back several years, and has been connected to several blockbusters since then (I, Frankenstein notwithstanding), so with his bible forming the spine of the early development process, this likely seems safer on paper for  executives at both Microsoft and Showtime.

Marvel’s attempt at a multi-platform entertainment model with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. faltered for most of its first season, but has found a strong base in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s game-changing plot twists.

Could the Halo series prove to be a solid cross-platform offering out of the gate? If so, it might end up to be the title that makes Xbox a viable and envied outlet for original programming, as well as an example for future attempts at such a wide-ranging project, like the often-stalled cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.


Xbox and Showtime’s Halo series is still development. Stay tuned for more as details emerge.

Source: Variety

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  1. Wow, so excited! After what they did with Forward Unto Dawn, I’ve got high expectations

  2. I just exploded in my pants….. Don’t judge me!!!

  3. film trailer

  4. film serialor

  5. So why do I need an xbox one for this if it airs on showtime first? Stupid!

  6. I was excited until I heard the guy that did gi joe was involved…

  7. Fairly sure every Halo episode will have interactive behind the scenes content exclusive to Xbox One. Also fairly sure Xbox One will get first dibs, on all season premiers and finales.

    Good move for Microsoft and showtime.

  8. Showtime has a certain standard for their television. Since this Halo show will air on Showtime as well, it now has my interest.

    I haven’t usually cared about Halo beyond the games and a few books. But my eye is open on this one.

    • Have you seen Forward Unto Dawn? I was pleasantly surprised by that. They really nailed Master Chief, and the suspense was great.

      • Yeah I saw it. It was just fairly interesting in my opinion.

  9. Well, Halo, how are you? Halo yourself, I am fine.
    I will give these a watch, if they come to be. I can’t believe it has taken this long for a series to get off the ground.

  10. the xbox one is getting raped by the ps4 worldwide lol
    and the series might air on showtime first ? lol

    poor ms still gonna enjoy last place this gen

    • This gen has just started dude. That’s like calling a game in the first quarter, because one team is in the lead…..Lets wait till there are more then like 60 games for each console, before we call a winner lol

    • Console fanboys on Screenrant? What are you doing here, isn’t there an IGN forum for you to troll? Anyway, do you remember when they started calling the 360 as the winner of the last-gen, how did that work out? They practically sold the same amount of consoles.

      Go home, it’s too early for this kinda talk!!

      • Completely unrelated to the argument, but I had to laugh when I read your last sentence. I mean, according to the stereotypes us gamers are supposed to be at home all the time anyway.