Showtime Nearing Deal for Live-Action Halo Series

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It appears that cable network Showtime may be bringing a live-action series adaptation of Halo, one of the highest-selling video game franchises of all time. Variety is reporting that Showtime is in deep negotiations with Xbox Entertainment Studios to develop the series, which is a high priority for the Microsoft production unit.

Xbox Entertainment has been planning the series adaptation with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for more than a year now, with a plan to “enhance the Xbox platform as an entertainment service for its base of 48 million subscribers.”

The plan is to not have the series contracted as a straight-to-series pickup, but to have the episodes shown on Showtime before heading to Xbox. The latter platform is to serve viewers with “enhanced interactivity.”

The Halo video games have sold over 50 million copies worldwide, with estimates suggesting that the games have grossed $3.4 billion since the first title was released in 2001. It’s no wonder that the studios are taking their sweet time in developing the live-action series, considering the large prospective audience.

Microsoft’s NewFront presentation took place recently, where it was also announced that live-action series based on Gears of War, Age of Empires, FableForza Motorsport, and State of Decay are also being developed.