Update: A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed with Playboy that the Halo show is indeed still in the works, saying “Led by [Halo developer] 343 Industries, alongside executive producer Steven Spielberg and distribution partner Showtime, 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 that can help us build the best Halo series that fans expect and deserve. We have no further details to share at this time.”
Back when Microsoft first announced the Xbox One in 2013, it also teased a mess of integrated TV shows and other content—including a Halo TV show that Steven Spielberg would produce. The famed director even appeared in the video announcing the project (above).
Microsoft’s TV-dedicated division has since been shut down and the emphasis on the television capabilities for the Xbox One has all but evaporated. But that Halo show apparently still exists, according to a report from IGN.
Last week at the Television Critics Association press tour, IGN put the question to Showtime president David Nevins, who said the Halo show is “still in very active development.”
Rumor had it back in 2014 that Showtime was potentially where the series would land, but it was never officially announced that the cable network was involved. Turns out it is, but don’t expect the Halo show will be done anytime soon, according to Nevins. We’ve reached out to Microsoft contacts to confirm this report, but in the meantime, as a temporary stopgap, maybe try firing up Halo 5 when it releases in November and playing a John Williams score on a stereo at the same time.