One of the biggest announcements during the Xbox One reveal was the Halo television series being developed by Xbox Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV. It’s been almost a year since said announcement, and there has been little news on the project. Microsoft production unit head Nancy Tellem is reportedly close to making a deal with a pair of showrunners, and the series will be adapted by screenwriter Stuart Beattie. The slow-going may be due to a possible partnership between Xbox Studios and Showtime. According to Variety the two companies are close to making a deal after lengthy negotiations.
“The deal with Showtime has taken a long time to work out because the sides are charting new territory for a show designed to air on Showtime as well as Xbox, with enhanced interactivity built in for the latter platform. Details are still being hammered out, but sources say the plan is to have episodes bow on Showtime first, followed by the Xbox window.”