One of the most beloved video game franchises of all time is moving to television. Halo is coming to Showtime.
Amblin Television, Showtime, and Microsoft/343 Industries are working together on the project, which Showtime is billing as an “epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant” with “deeply drawn personal stories.”
Kyle Killen (Mind Games, Awake, Lone Star) has been selected to run the show and executive produce, while Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of Apes, The Gambler) will direct a few episodes.
“‘Halo’ is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” said David Nevins, president of Showtime. “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.”
Showtime describes the series as an “epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.” The series promises to present a “richly imagined” vision of the future mixed with “deeply drawn personal stories.”
Said 343 Industries, “As we think about what it means to bring videogame franchises to movie or TV — the biggest challenge can often be finding the right balance between moments fans have already experienced and moments that have yet to be experienced through a different medium, perspective, or creative lens. We are excited to navigate these creative waters to bring you something that is both respectful of what you already know and love, but also new and surprising and enthralling.”
The Halo TV show will premiere in 2019. It’s a big get for Showtime, who has to compete against several newcomers in the premium television space, including Amazon, Apple, and Netflix.