Despite being a huge announcement at Microsoft’s 2013 E3 conference, very little has been heard since of the Halo live-action TV series—so little that it has faded into obscurity or been outright forgotten by many people. However, Microsoft has confirmed in a statement to AR12Gaming that development is still ongoing for the live-action series, stating:
“Progress on the Halo Television Series continues…We want to ensure we’re doing this the right way together with a team of creative partners (Steven Spielberg and Showtime) that can help us build the best Halo series that fans expect and deserve. We have no further details to share at this time.”
Microsoft and 343 Industries have remained tight-lipped regarding details for the series, having only reconfirmed its existence twice before: once at E3 2015 and once at RTX 2016. Microsoft confirmed Steven Spielberg and Showtime are still involved in the series, but the entertainment studio it was announced with back in 2013—Xbox Entertainment Studios—shut it’s doors a year later in 2014. If or when this live action series is released, it will be one of the few surviving properties that was attached to the studio. Microsoft envisioned this studio competing with other digital media platforms and content creators (namely Netflix or Hulu) and producing a number of interactive shows for their high profile franchises.
Despite Microsoft still confirming the existence of this series, it appears to be stuck in development hell. Originally set to release in conjunction with Halo 5: Guardians, depending on how far into pre-production the series is, it may not even be seen before the next installment of the Halo franchise hits store shelves.
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