Thursday, June 28, 2018

Showtime Orders 10 Episodes of Drama 'Halo' Based on the Video Game Franchise

After spending several years in development, Showtime has officially given a series order to a television adaptation of the popular video game franchise Halo. Production will begin in early 2019 for the 10-episode first season.

The series will take place in the same universe that first bowed in 2001. It will dramatize an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. It weaves deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.

Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Awake) developed the series and will serve as showrunner. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has also signed on to direct multiple episodes. They will executive produces with Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Microsoft/343 Industries and Amblin Television will produce.

"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, CEO, Showtime. "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."