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Halo TV series picks up director Otto Bathurst in latest reshuffle

Work on the long-awaited Halo TV series is still underway, with Showtime announcing Otto Bathurst as its latest director. Famed for work on Black Mirror and Robin Hood, Bathurst lands his role amid rumors of series mired in development hell. While first unveiled back in 2013 with ties to Steven Spielberg, it's the latest restructure promising filming "later this year."

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Early talk of the project's cancellation circulated in 2017, with Microsoft confirming it remains alive and well. Although production was later reported to start 2018, preparations for the series endure at Showtime. And with Bathurst's strong prior work, he could be a promising new addition to the franchise.

Details remain scarce on the Halo TV series, currently set for nine-episodes. The iconic Master Chief will play a lead role alongside more protagonists to be later detailed. Hopes remain high for Showtime's spin on the universe, even with the mixed response of past live-action projects like Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Halo: Nightfall. We'll have to wait and see whether Bathurst, Spielberg, Showtime, and Microsoft can follow through on these promises.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Games Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

3 Comments
  • This show is going to be terrible.
  • I'm curious if it is going to be following the book's path. It's a 24 book series at the moment so there is plenty of good content to go by. The only average book in the series is 'The Flood' but its based on the first game so it's easy to see why it's dull...
  • I hope this is done right. The halo universe is the Star Wars of video games. It's lore and story is scifi genius. I hope to God they follow it properly. Otherwise it will flop hard.