Although we haven’t heard or seen much of it since it’s announcement back in 2013, the Halo TV series is still alive and in development at Showtime. However, it appears we won’t see or hear anything about it for quite some time.
It was originally revealed in 2013, but was then said to be planned for release along side Halo 5: Guardians in a blog post by 343 Industries’ GM, Bonnie Ross.
And 2015 won’t simply be the year of “Halo 5: Guardians,” it will also be a year that offers us a unique opportunity. The opportunity to invite old friends and new audiences into that universe through the “Halo” television series, launched as a unique collaboration with Steven Spielberg and some of the finest creative minds in the business. A series that will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience. We’ll have more to share on the “Halo” television series as we near its projected fall 2015 release.
Although Showtime’s involvement with the series was never officially announced, recently, Showtime president David Nevins said that “It’s still in development. Still in very active development.” when questioned about the series by IGN. When asked if we could expect any more news any time soon, he responded with a chuckle and replied, “No time soon.”
The exact details as to why the series seems to be in a state of limbo to fans, remain a mystery. However, when Variety first reported on the Xbox/Showtime partnership, they mentioned that releasing the series on both Showtime and Xbox would have it’s hurdles.
“The deal with Showtime has taken a long time to work out because the sides are charting new territory for a show designed to air on Showtime as well as Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built in for the latter platform. Details are still being hammered out but sources say the plan is to have episodes bow on Showtime first, followed by the Xbox window.”
Perfectly reasonable, given the situation, but the fans would love to know exactly where things stand with the series and even maybe an updated release window. Pushing back the series for legitimate reasons such as these would hardly upset anyone. Besides, with Steven Spielberg at the helm of the project, we’re confident that our beloved franchise is in great hands.
A lot of time has passed since anything has officially been announced about the Halo TV series, but with Halo 5: Guardians on the horizon and the recently announced Halo Wars 2, Xbox and 343 are surely focused elsewhere at the moment. We expect there to be news on the TV series to come sometime this holiday season or perhaps even sooner. Microsoft seems to be on a Halo media blitz lately.