Better late than never, right?
Showtime has officially announced a series pickup for a live-action TV series based on the sci-fi Xbox game franchise Halo. The series is being produced in association with Microsoft/343 Industries, as well as Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as executive producer, writer, and showrunner, while Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt is set to direct multiple episodes and also executive produce.
According to Showtime, the first season will be comprised of 10 hour-long episodes and “will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.” It’s unclear if this means that the series will focus on series protagonist Master Chief or a different set of characters, but it sounds like the original Xbox game is being drawn on for inspiration.
“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,”said David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks. “In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction. Kyle Killen’s scripts are thrilling, expansive and provocative, Rupert Wyatt is a wonderful, world-building director, and their vision of Halo will enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.”
Although there have been several movies and miniseries produced around the Halo brand over the years, plans for a proper adaptation have hit numerous roadblocks over the years. Originally conceived as a feature film back in the mid-2000s with names such as 28 Days Later writer Alex Garland and District 9 director Neil Blomkamp attached, but the project ultimately fell apart. Plans for a Halo TV show have been around since at least 2013, when Spielberg first announced that he was developing a series. Showtime has been involved since 2014, but it looks like things have finally gotten on track.
“Halo” is expected to begin production in early 2019.