Microsoft first announced it was making a TV series based on the 'Halo' series of videogames back in 2013, but since then, it's gone strangely quiet on the matter. A new statement confirms the project is still in development, and that legendary director Steven Spielberg is still onboard.
So why is it taking so long? According to 343 Industries, the subsidiary of Microsoft Studios that's in charge of the franchise, it's merely taking its time to make sure the show meets fans' expectations.
Doubts were raised about the project, given Microsoft's silence, coupled with the fact that the firm has since cancelled Xbox Entertainment Studios (its short-lived in-house production studio for films and TV shows).
Microsoft didn't reveal any concrete details about the show, such as who it'll star or when it'll air. But here's the statement in full.
"Progress on the Halo Television Series continues. We want to ensure we're doing this the right way together with a team of creative partners (Steven Spielberg and [US TV network] 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."
Spielberg is quite a coup. Not only is the Oscar-winner one of the most celebrated directors in Hollywood history, he's also got prior experience making a videogames-themed live action story, in the form of his new film 'Ready Player One'. Based on the Ernest Cline novel of the same name, it tells of a poor kid growing up in the near future who escapes his humdrum existence into a massively multiplayer virtual reality world, where he indulges his love for 1980s pop culture.
Here's the teaser.
Source: AR12 Gaming