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Microsoft says Steven Spielberg's live action Halo TV show project is alive and well

Master Chief in Halo 4.
Master Chief in Halo 4. (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft announced a live action Halo TV show all the way back in 2013, with Steven Spielberg tipped to produce. I asked former 343i Studio Head Dan Ayoub last year about the project, who, at the time, said that Microsoft had nothing to announce. Ayoub did say that 343i had learned a lot from some of Halo's other entertainment projects, namely Nightfall (opens in new tab) and Forward Unto Dawn (opens in new tab), and that Microsoft was looking forward to having more to talk about.

There has been a few rumors here and there that the project had either been canceled, or at least mired in development hell. Seemingly, it's still on the way.

In a statement provided to AR12Gaming, Microsoft confirmed that development is ongoing. Steven Spielberg remains at the production helm, in partnership with the Showtime network, who notably revived 90s classic TV show "Twin Peaks" earlier this year.

"Progress on the Halo Television Series continues," a Microsoft Spokesperson and representative of 343 Industries confirmed to AR12Gaming. "We want to ensure we're doing this the right way together with a team of creative partners (Steven Spielberg and Showtime) that can help us build the best Halo series that fans expect and deserve. We have no further details to share at this time."

It certainly seems as though Microsoft is intent on delivering something that will resonate with fans of the series, while side-stepping the difficulties seen by other video game adaptations for live action. We'll just have to wait and see whether Spielberg and Microsoft can follow through.

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

  • with Steven i have zero doubts, the man stands behind his creations with a good eye for quality or just not at all. so that the tv show is still alive means he's happy with it, cant wait.
  • Steven Spielberg produced Falling Skies.... jus saying.
  • produced≠directed and I actually liked falling skies... could be better but it's not like you have anything great to compete as far as sci fi goes lately
  • Jez has made an assumption that Speilberg was going to direct the Halo TV show in this article but he's wrong, it was only ever announced that he'd be an executive producer. I semi liked Falling Skies (I own every season on Xbox Video) but it's by no means a master piece and completely falls apart in the last few seasons. If you're looking for the best sci fi show, rewatch Battlestar Galactica.  
  • No way that series feel flat too. Firefly is the one. And star trek, stargate sg1, farscape, all were better I'm my opinion
  • That comment about best Sci-Fi - Battlestar Galactica, was meant as sarcasm right? It barely qualified as Science Fiction, way too much soap apera, like much of junk passed off as Sci-Fi today.
  • aye, fixed that, my bad.
  • Which, minus a pretty disappointing final season, is one of about decent sci-fi show I've seen in 5 years.
  • The first season of "Falling Skies" was fantastic. Just saying.
  • If you like sci fi, you all should check out a more recent show called The Expanse.
  • waiting for Krypton coming to Syfy in 2018. Right now, I am only following two Syfy shows: Dark Matter and Killjoys.
  • awesome, I think it might come out with halo 6, that's my guess
  • I hope it's better than everything we have seen so far with Halo live action.
    But the setting is really hard. To look good it needs a big budget. Just think about all the CGI aliens. It's probably even harder than for example GoT where most things can be done with normal humans, costumes and some beautiful landscapes.
  • I've never played a halo game but I would like to see a series to know what is about
  • Coming preloaded on the Surface Phone!
  • glad to hear its still happening...cant wait. take your time and get it right Steven.
  • I guess the hard part is trying to turn a pretty cliché game into an interesting. But I hope they pull it off so that producers will start to do TV shows based off of games instead of trying to turn games into films
  • Still hoping to get blind-sided by the Halo theme song while watching previews at the movie one day. That day will be happy day.
  • the theme song
  • Having something to say to the public means, the shows is about to be out right? Excited!
  • Holy **** this will be epic.