Xbox Studios & Showtime Near Deal For Halo TV Series
Back at E3 2013, Xbox Entertainment Studios announced plans to create a Halo TV series with Steven Spielberg attached as an executive producer. While the potential “Halo” original series didn’t immediately come together, it looks like it may be an even bigger deal than Xbox first anticipated.
Variety is reporting that Xbox Entertainment Studios and Showtime are “deep in negotiations” to develop the live action “Halo” series. Speilberg’s Amblin TV remains attached to the “Halo” TV series, which would likely be broadcast first on Showtime before coming to Xbox Live.
The report notes that the deal has not yet been reached and that it will likely not be a straight-to-series order. However, Xbox Entertainment Studios is supposedly close to signing “a pair of showrunners to steer the series adaptation of the expansive bible developed by screenwriter Stuart Beattie.”
Showtime’s involvement with the potential “Halo” TV series should be great news to fans of the franchise. Showtime has previously produced sci-fi shows including ““Odyssey 5” and the first five seasons of “Stargate SG-1.” Showtime would also be less likely to shy away from the violent content that a “Halo” TV series would inevitably depict.
If the deal goes forward, Xbox Live would get “enhanced interactivity” from the episodes of “Halo” following their exclusive broadcast window on Showtime. The report notes that this deal has taken a long time to come together and may be one of the first of its kind.
E3 is coming up soon, so perhaps Xbox Entertainment Studios will make another “Halo” TV series announcement there.