The classic Xbox and PC gaming franchise Halo is coming to TV screens as a ten-episode, live action series.
US cable network Showtime (home of Dexter, Ray Donovan, and Homeland) has ordered a season of hour-long episodes based upon the legendary video game franchise made popular by Bungie.
The series, which has the imaginative working title Halo, will enter production in early 2019 and be produced in association with Amblin Television and current Halo game developer 343 industries.
For those fearing yet another game-to-screen disaster, Showtime clearly has higher aspirations, with CEO David Nevins calling it “our most ambitious series ever.” Nevin says the series will “thoroughly reward” Halo fans who’ve been waiting years for the adaptation.
The series will be set in the 26th century and chronicle the battle between humans and the alien Covenant, as in the game. It will be written by Kyle Killen (Awake), with some of the episodes directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). No specific plot details or air dates have been announced.
“In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction,” Nevin says in a blog post on Xbox Wire. “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.”
Brits will seemingly get access to the series via intenational distribution from CBS.
The announcement comes how on the heels of the Halo Infinite game announcement at E3 2018 earlier in June.
There’s no release date for the title yet, but it’s possible the new game and TV show could overlap.
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