Halo Live-Action TV Series Greenlit for Showtime

Irene MckinneyJun 29, 2018

After years in development limbo, Showtime has finally made a series order for a television show based on the popular video game "Halo".

Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as executive producer, writer and showrunner, while Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct multiple episodes and also executive produce. Set within the Halo universe (obvs), the Halo (working title) TV show will dramatise the 26th century conflict between the human UNSC faction and the Covenant. "Together with our creative and production partners at Showtime and Amblin Television, the Halo television series will represent new and exciting way for fans to enter and engage with the Halo universe". Nevins said he expects "audiences who have been anticipating [the show] for years to be thoroughly rewarded". "In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction". It will "weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future". Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt has been tapped to direct a handful of episodes and he's also executive producing.

Since launching on Xbox in 2001, Halo has sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossed more than $5 billion in sales. 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross described the series in the 2013 announcement as being "created in partnership with 343 Industries and one of the best storytellers of all time, Mr. Steven Spielberg". There was a five-part Xbox Originals digital series called Halo: Nightfall (starring Mike Colter!), but besides that it's all been vaporware - until now? The series will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International. You'll also recall that a feature film adaptation was in the works even earlier, with Peter Jackson producing and Neill Blomkamp making his feature directorial debut.

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