Remember when Microsoft announced that it would be bringing a Halo show to life with Steven Spielberg attached? And then four years passed and we all assumed it was dead? It seems rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated, if we believe Showtime president David Nevins.
“[Halo is] still in very active development,” Nevins said during the Television Critics Associates press tour. Microsoft has been trying to get its big, battle-armored baby off the ground in a live action form as far back as 2005. The company sent cosplayers suited up as Master Chief to movie studios to give Halo scripts to move execs, something we can’t help but giggle at over a decade later.
Showtime’s president of programming, Gary Levine, backed up Nevins, saying that the show “is absolutely still in development, still moving forward,” and that he’s “encouraged” by what they’ve looked at so far.
“[The show] will definitely satisfy fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime,” Levine said.
When will we see it? That’s a big unknown, The execs are might still be actively developing it, but that could just mean that they remember it exists or that they don’t like to say words like “no” about popular licenses that other studios would like to snap up. There’s definitely a watchable show here, and Showtime is still the place where it’s going to happen, but it could be a long time before we see it.