Posted Thu Jun 28, 2018 at 11:45 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
A new show based on the popular video game series is coming to Showtime.
Showtime has ordered a live-action TV adaptation of the Halo video game franchise. The 10-episode season is set to enter production in 2019.
"This is a truly exciting moment for the Halo franchise," stated Kiki Wolfkill, head of Halo Transmedia at 343 Industries. "Together with our creative and production partners at SHOWTIME and Amblin Television, the Halo television series will represent new and exciting way for fans to enter and engage with the Halo universe. We can't wait to share more on what’s ahead."
Though full plot details are still forthcoming, the show will focus on an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Kyle Killen (Awake) is on board as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Meanwhile filmmaker Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is slated to direct several episodes and will also serve as an executive producer. Additional executive producers include Scott Pennington, along with Amblin Television's Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. CBS Studios International will handle global distribution for the show.
"Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded," said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. "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."
The Halo video game series first debuted in 2001 with the release of Halo: Combat Evolved on the original Xbox console. Four sequels and various spinoff games have since followed, along with numerous tie-in novels and comic books. Several short films, web series, and animated programs based on the franchise have also been produced, but a full-fledged TV series has remained elusive until now.
Source: Xbox Wire
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