Showtime has given a 10 episode series order for a television series based on the Halo franchise. A Halo television series has been in-development since 2005.
Amblin Television, Showtime, and Microsoft in partnership with 343 Industries are producing the live-action series based on the iconic Xbox franchise. Rupert Wyatt ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") is set to direct several episodes of the season. This is the first news about the show since the Halo series was talked about earlier this year during the Television Critics Association press tour.
The premise of the show will be familiar for anyone who's played the Halo games taking place during an "epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat know as the Covenant." According to Variety the series will feature a mix of rich sci-fi and "deeply drawn personal stories."
"'Halo' is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded," said Showtime CEO David Nevins. "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."
Halo will begin production early next year. A live-action project for Halo has been in the works for years, and Steven Spielberg was known to be trying to get a Halo project off the ground for some time. Now, his TV production company, Amblin Television, will be doing so with Showtime. Previously, a live-action series called Halo Nightfall was produced by Ridley Scott for Microsoft and starred Luke Cage's Mike Colter.
Halo is Microsoft's popular sci-fi FPS series originally created by Bungie. The series stars a super soldier named Master Chief as he fights against the Covenant over a series of intergalactic weapons of mass destruction called Halos. At E3 2018 Microsoft announced the next Halo game, Halo Infinite. You can check out ourMicrosoft E3 2018 recap for the full details.