With the expansion of Digital Media distribution as a source for first-run series led by Netflix, Microsoft envisioned their new XBox One not only as a gaming platform, but a content platform as well – and a series based on their extremely successful Halo franchise led by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment seemed like it would be the flagship to lead their banner into the battle…but now it seems that there has been a shift.
Variety is reporting that Xbox Studios, who has been working with Amblin for over a year on the series and is closing in on signing on someone to run the show, is close to a deal with premium cable network Showtime to air the show first, with each episode to debut on XBox shortly after. Some form of interactive component would be added to the XBox version, but there are no details on it…probably not something to the level of Defiance, necessarily.
The show itself has not yet been picked up for production, nor has it been determined if it will be straight-to-series or at least have a traditional pilot first.
This sounds interesting…Showtime has signed on for a project with Stephen Spielberg (who seems to be involved in a lot of TV projects lately) and Steven King for a TV series based on King’s 2009 novel, Under The Dome, produced by DreamWorks Television.
The premise of the book is that the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine suddenly finds itself inside a domed force field, cut off from the outside world. The inhabitants are then forced to find a way to survive.
Wasn’t there an Outer Limits episode with a similar story?