It’s been four and a half years since Microsoft announced that a live-action TV series based off the wildly successful Halo series was being developed at Showtime. It’s been just as long since fans received any update on the Steven Spielberg-backed project, but that information drought ended this week.
Speaking to TV Guide, Showtime President & CEO David Nevins reassured everyone that the Halo TV series is surprisingly still very much alive. “[It’s] still in very active development,” said Nevins.
“[It] is absolutely still in development, still moving forward and I’m encouraged by what we’ve seen so far,” said Gary Levine, Showtime’s president of programming, adding, “it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime.”
Levine also said that he had seen some scripts, but no further information on a timetable for the series or where the series will fit into the long-running videogame series’ lore was divulged by either executive.
In the time since the announcement was made, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Halo 5 and Halo Wars 2 have all been released, but with it seemingly being time for the next title in the saga to release, it makes some sense that the cable giant would start drumming up some buzz for the perceived-as-dormant TV project.
So, the show is still alive and kicking apparently, but, even after providing an update, it feels like we know nothing more or nothing less than we did on that day during E3 2013 when Steven Spielberg talked about how much he loved playing pong.