New Halo TV Series Moves Forward Unto Showtime
Fans have been waiting a long time for a television show set in the Halo Universe. Last week, Showtime confirmed that they’ve picked up a live-action adaptation of the epic video franchise under the working title of “Halo.” Lock and load, marines
Halo is a tall order for Showtime and the network has indicated that this will be their most ambitious and expensive production ever. The game franchise centered on an epic struggle for survival between Earth and a devastating alien threat known as the Covenant. Players took control of humanity’s greatest defender, Master Chief, a genetically and surgically enhanced super-soldier called a SPARTAN. We don’t know whether the show will cover the same events as the games or focus on new characters and stories set in the Halo Universe, similar to the Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn webseries.
Showtime has handed the keys to the kingdom to Kyle Killen (Awake) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Killen will be executive producer, writer and showrunner and Wyatt will be executive producer and helm multiple episodes in the first season. Dedicated fans might recall that Steven Spielberg has been attached to the project since 2013; his company, Amblin Entertainment, will produce the show in association with Microsoft and 343Industries.
The new series will feature 10 hour-long episodes in its first season, and is expected to begin production in early 2019.