A television series based on Halo has been talked about for a long time with Steven Spielberg popping at E3 five years ago to announce it. However, since then Microsoft shut down their plans for an Xbox entertainment service where the series was meant to debut and Showtime stepped in, and they have finally given the series the green light.
Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as executive producer, writer and showrunner. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct multiple episodes and also executive produce the series which will have hour long episodes. It will begin filming in 2019 so we certainly won’t see it until at least 2020. The television show will be separate, but compliment the game series.
“In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevin. “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.”
“This is a truly exciting moment for the Halo franchise,” stated Kiki Wolfkill, head of Halo Transmedia at 343 Industries, who I am only quoting as she has the best name ever.
Let’s hope the TV show will be better than those utterly awful straight-to-DVD Halo movies that you can still find on the depths of Netflix and Amazon.