A TV show based on the Halo games has been rumored for years. Showtime has tweeted today that those rumors are finally a reality. They have ordered 10 episodes for the time being. Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Mind Games) will serve as the executive producer, showrunner, and writer and Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Captive State, Turn: Washington’s Spies) will also serve as an executive producer and direct several episodes.
“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, president and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc, according to Broadcasting & Cable. He goes on to say that, “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.”
Halo, Microsoft’s most iconic video game franchise, tells the story of an ongoing war between humanity and alien religious fanatics known as the Covenant. The first game of the franchise, Halo: Combat Evolved, was released back in 2001 for the Xbox. Over the years, 12 more games would be made, along with 8 novels set in the game’s world.
The Halo TV series will be produced by Showtime alongside 343 Industries, the current developer of Halo games, and Amblin Television, which is owned by Steven Spielberg. It will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International.