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The long-gestating Halo TV series has finally made some headway to becoming a reality.
Showtime has recently announced they picked up a live-action adaptation of the Xbox shooter franchise, as reported by IGN.
Joining the ranks will be Kyle Killen (from Awake) who will be acting as executive producer, writer and showrunner, and Rupert Wyatt (from Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will also act as executive producer for multiple episodes.
The first season will feature 10 hour-long episodes and is reported to begin production early 2019. And, according to Showtime, the adaptation will “take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-Century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”
On the announcement, Showtime Networks President and CEO, David Nevins, said;
“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded. In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction. Kyle Killen’s scripts are thrilling, expansive and proactive, 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.”
Rumours surrounding a Halo TV series have circled around since 2013 when Steven Spielberg – who’s Amblin Television production company will be producing the series alongside Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries who worked on the gaming franchise – announced that he would be developing the franchise for TV. And Showtime has been in the running for giving the series a home since 2014, with the series initially being rumoured to launch in 2015.