Microsoft has been teasing the possibility of a future Halo TV series for years, and today we finally have a major update on the project. The video game giant has officially reached an agreement with Showtime for a live-action adaptation of one of the most iconic franchises in gaming. Awake creator Kyle Killen has been chosen as executive producer, and the show will enter production early next year.
A first season of ten episodes, each an hour long, has been approved. Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will lend his talents to multiple episodes and will serve alongside Killen as an executive producer. Showtime will partner with Microsoft, 343 Industries, and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television on the project, and distribution will be handled by CBS Studios International.
Showtime's adaptation of the popular game series "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."
"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 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." — David Nevins, President and CEO of Showtime Networks
There's no word yet on when the first season will make its debut, but with production beginning early next year we could potentially see it release later in 2019.