After years of languishing in development hell, it looks like the Halo Television Series is finally coming together. This week US cable and satellite network Showtime revealed several new pieces of information regarding the long-awaited adaptation.
The Halo Television Series will be structured into nine episodes, with Otto Bathurst (of Black Mirror fame) directing the pilot episode and several others throughout the series’ duration. Further to this Kyle Killen is slated to be Halo’s executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Killen is best known for his work on cult classics such as Lone Star and Awake. The director of Rise of the Planet of the Apes Rupert Wyatt was also set to work on the series, but sadly had to bow out due to scheduling issues.
The Halo Television Series was originally announced way back in 2013 at Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal by 343 Industries general manager Bonnie Ross and Xbox Entertainment Studios head Nancy Tellem. Back then Steven Spielberg was named as a producer for the series, and now six years later Showtime have confirmed that Spielberg is still very much involved, with 343 Industries and Spielberg’s Amblin Television remaining the creative forces driving the project.
In their recent press release, Showtime have promised that the Halo Television 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.”
No premiere date has been given at this time but production on the series is set to start later this year.