Last April 2014, Xbox announced via press release that it will begin producing dramas, comedies and other shows for its console streaming service, Xbox Originals, under Xbox Entertainment Studios. The platform follows the same business models already established by Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime and Yahoo! Screen. Among these shows are two separate live action adaptations of its popular game series “Halo.” Hollywood bigwigs like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott are attached to the projects. But with Xbox Originals barely taking off in a matter of months, Microsoft, who owns the brand, has decided it will shut down the service. Find out what will happen to “Halo’s” live action developments in the story below.
Based on Zap2it’s report, cable network Showtime has expressed interest in taking Spielberg’s production of “Halo” for its programming. But since Microsoft is still dealing with layoffs and cost-cutting measures, the fate of the show remains in limbo.
“My understanding is that they decided not to build a new streaming service, and they decided not to make the investment in that. Those conversations are ongoing with those guys. It’s their premium property, and there’s enormous will in the company to find a way to bring it to a new medium in an exciting way. If we can put all the pieces together, it’s still possible,” said David Nevins, president of Showtime, who updated the press panel on the show’s fate during the summer Television Critics Association tour, as published on Zap2it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Microsoft’s decision to shut down its streaming service is not at all unexpected, with the company unsure of its programming strategy. Projects set for Xbox Originals, including Spielberg’s “Halo,” were met with a lot of delays. “Halo: Nightfall” under Ridley Scott, however, is one of the few that has been set for completion.
Deadline reported that “Halo: Nightfall” has pushed forward and completed its cast. Written by Paul Scheuring, who created the series “Prison Break,” the five-episode miniseries will star Mike Colter (“The Good Wife”), Christina Chong (“24: Live Another Day”), Steve Waddington (“The Last of the Mohicans”) and Luke Neal (“Wilderness”).
With Xbox Originals gone, “Halo: Nightfall” will instead be bundled with the release of The Master Chief Collection for the gaming console. It comprises the first four original “Halo” video games, and it will be out in 2015. The teaser for the miniseries is found below.
“Halo” is an aggressive military and science fiction game series that centers on the war between humans and aliens. The heroes in the story are a band of soldiers who fight alongside their AI support. The video game was first released in November 2001 for the Xbox and Microsoft platforms and spanned a trilogy and different spinoffs. Its success has had Hollywood interested on doing a live action adaptation for the longest time.
There you have it for “Halo’s” adaptations and the subsequent shutting down of Xbox Originals streaming service. Would Showtime be able to close a deal with Microsoft for the TV show? Don’t forget to check out “Halo: Nightfall’s” teaser and follow updates on “Halo” only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).
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