Microsoft announced plans to develop a live action TV series based on its Halo sci-fi shooter game franchise nearly a year ago, but since then, the company has offered little in the way of details. Today a new report from Variety reveals that Microsoft is in talks with cable TV network Showtime and that could lead to the show being broadcast first on that network.
The report claims that if the deal is made, the Halo series would be run on Microsoft's Xbox Live network after they are shown on Showtime, but each episode would also have "enhanced interactivity" that will be put in especially for the gamer-centric audience. Variety's story also claims it is close to making deals with a pair of unnamed showrunners for the Halo series that will use a bible that was written by noted Hollywood screenwriter Stuart Beattie; the series will still have Steven Spielberg as an executive producer.
Microsoft said earlier this week that the Halo TV series was one of the projects it was "committed" to make as part of its Xbox Originals TV and film lineup. It's also making a separate Halo digital feature film which reportedly began filming this week
Source: Variety | Image via Microsoft