Halo has been one of the hottest video game properties to never see its potential quite fulfilled in any other medium (even though it has had a few forays into scripted formats). But the $5 billion franchise could see all that changing very soon.
Showtime announced Thursday that it is officially moving forward with a Halo TV series after four long years of development. Ten episodes of space-marine and alien-religion goodness will be coming from the live-action drama, of which showrunner Kyle Killen will executive produce alongside Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who will 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," Showtime CEO David Nevins said in a statement. Before praising his creatives, Nevins noted, "In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction.” Especially on the big-budget prestige TV side of things, this has been especially true. Westworld snuck in under the guise of a Western, but much of prestige genre TV has been either fantasy or horror-influenced.
With Showtime’s reentry into the foray, the universe first seen in 2001 will find its human vs. alien Covenant conflict writ large and complex — even if there won’t be a Master Chief. He’s just not that interesting, OK? But he does have brand recognition, which will be just as good for Showtime as its competitors’ book-based heavyweights.
Production on Halo will begin in early 2019.