By Dave Bouressa
According to a report from Variety, the Showtime network is in talks with Xbox and Microsoft for an upcoming television series based on the Halo video game series, and apparently are close to making a deal.
Xbox has been working on this series with Steven Spielberg and is pushing the series to screen with screenwriter Stuart Beattie. However, this series will not go directly to Showtime (assuming the deal breaks through). Xbox hopes to use the series to help "enhance the Xbox platform as an entertainment service for its base of 48 million subscribers".
In other words, if the series does get picked up, it is going to be Xbox exclusive for the beginning of its run, hence why the deal with Showtime is still being worked on. Sources have stated that Showtime plans to have the series on its network before coming to Xbox, but details are still being worked out.
Fans of the series have wanted a Halo film for quite some time but due to technicalities involving right ownership should a film atually occur, it appears that a television series is perhaps the next best thing. And thanks to a fan-made high-budget mini series from Machinima, "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn", we have now seen the incredible feats that can come when great people with passion and a high budget come together.
After viewing this series, one can only imagine what we could be seeing with the backing of a full studio and Steven Spielberg behind it. Stay tuned for more information.
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