Halo TV series might begin filming this fall

Microsoft's Halo TV series has been inching forward since it was first announced in 2013, but it may finally be close to entering production. According to Production Weekly (via Pursue News), production on the series is set to begin this fall, which could potentially put the series in line to air at some point in 2019.

Outside of its announcement, details on the Halo series have been light. We know that Steven Spielberg is attached to the live-action project as a producer and Showtime will air it, but not much else. Speaking to TV Guide in January, Showtime's president of programming, Gary Levine, confirmed that Halo "is absolutely still in development, still moving forward and I'm encouraged by what we've seen so far." Lifting the veil further, Levine seemed adamant that the show will find an audience outside of gamers. "It's still live action, and it will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and I think also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime," he said.

A lot of things have changed around Microsoft's Xbox strategy since the Halo series was announced at E3 2013, but it seems the company is still determined to bring the live-action show to fruition. Given the backing of Spielberg and Showtime, the series certainly has some weight behind it. But we'll have to see whether the game's sci-fi action and sprawling lore will translate to network success.

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  • I was looking forward to a Netflix release :/
  • I love Halo. Best universe in video game history. It's lore is incredible. Just finished Falling Skies backed by Spielberg abd it was really good. I hope this is as good.
  • If they postponed this until now so it be ready by 2019 and they probably won't make a tv-series without a game releasing right after, then that should mean Halo 6 Fall of 2019? They will probably announce both at E3, see you there :)
  • How many years too late is this show going to be? The prime time for it would have been in between the 3rd to 4th game. Now it seems like the game has lost its momentum. Hell, I didn't even finish 5, even after the 1X update.
  • Not all gamers care to follow game news and express themselves on the internet, and you are not the representative of all gamers... Forza7 has more than 5m MAU, GoW4 had an event not long ago with 6.4m AU. Halo, Gear and Forza all have e-sports events and MS + its business partners are still throwing big prize money @ gamers. It's not 0 achievement. btw, I actually know someone who was working CSI, maybe I can ask her about the project next time we go drinking XD
  • 😶. Well, it would be a relief if it materialises.