With the series in decline, is now the right time for a Halo TV show?

The Halo video game franchise is one of the most popular in history and is largely responsible for the success of the original Xbox console.

The series is so popular in fact, that the franchise has earned itself a TV show. The new series will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin and will be broadcast on the US network Showtime.

Originally, director Rupert Wyatt was on board to oversee several episodes but stood down in late 2018. Speaking with Collider recently, Wyatt revealed the reason why he stepped down. He explained that the show “wasn’t within the framework that I originally signed up for.”

In essence his departure came down to scheduling issues as the Halo TV series will take a long time to come to screens.

However, is the upcoming TV show coming about 10 years too late?

Halo: Combat Evolved, the first game in the popular franchise, came out in 2001 and was followed up by sequels in 2004 and 2007. The releases of Halos 2 and 3 marked the series’ most popular periods.

Since then, the franchise has slowly waned in popularity and that hasn’t been helped by the lacklustre releases of Halo 4 in 2012 and Halo 5: Guardians in 2015. 

So with the series very much in decline, surely a big budget TV show based on the video game franchise is coming far too late.

Over the years, there have been several attempts at adapting the Halo video game series into a film or TV show but until now none of them have been successful.

Now, it does look as if the Halo TV show will indeed be coming to screens in the coming years but other than dedicated Halo fans, who’ll be watching the show when it comes out?

While it’d be great to see the series succeed and grow into a deep and entertaining show, you just can’t see Showtime’s video game adaptation gaining the same sort of popularity seen in the mid-2000s for the video game franchise itself. 

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