Halo TV series by Spielberg still in the works, says Showtime

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Jan 8, 2018, 11:00 AM EST

Fans of the Halo Xbox videogame series have been enormously patient in waiting for the franchise's long-awaited television debut. The Halo TV series, to be helmed by Steven Spielberg, was first announced by Microsoft in 2013, after being teased by a live-action web series, Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, in 2012.

Very little has been said about the project since that announcement. But at this year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins told TV Guide,“[It’s] still in very active development.” Declining to comment further, he did confirm that he had seen potential scripts.

Showtime’s president of programming, Gary Levine, echoed that sentiment. He said that Halo “is absolutely still in development, still moving forward,” and that he’s “encouraged by what we’ve seen so far.” He added as well that the proposed series is “still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime.” He could not say when the series was expected, nor at what point in Halo’s narrative the series would pick up.

There's little doubt the franchise has built a world that's rich enough to support a television spinoff, and it could fill a "sci-fi war niche" that's pretty much everywhere in videogames but largely underserved on television.

Seeing as the latest Halo, Halo 5: Guardians, was released more than two years ago, by the time the series arrives, whenever it does, fans should be more than ready.