The latest title in the Halo series isn’t for the Xbox. Instead, the long-running military sci-fi video game franchise is getting a live-action television show on Showtime.
The last time somebody tried to adapt the game franchise Halo into a TV show, the result was the mediocre digital series Halo: Nightfall.
According to IGN a live-action Halo television series for Showtime was first rumored back in 2013, with Steven Spielberg at the helm.
There have been periodic updates since then, but this announcement is official confirmation of the series moving forward in production.
Showtime is giving the franchise the prestige pay-cable treatment, greenlighting a new TV series based on the game. Network president and CEO David Nevins is calling it “our most ambitious series ever.”
The network has ordered a 10-episode first season for Halo, Awake creator Kyle Killen serving as showrunner and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt will oversee the first season
Each episode will be an hour long, and production is set for early 2019. According to Showtime, the 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.”
The series will be produced by Showtime in association with Microsoft and 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
Along with Killen, Rupert Wyatt, Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will executive produce. CBS Studios International will distribute.
There is no premiere date yet.