After years of false starts, it appears the Halo TV series is finally becoming a reality and moving into production at Showtime. Just don’t expect it any time soon.
Four years since the initial announcement, Showtime has confirmed that the Halo TV series is moving forward with production expected to commence in 2019. The series is targeted for a 10-episode first season with Kyle Killen (Awake) set as executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has been tapped to direct multiple episodes as well as serve as an exec producer.
“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 of the series. “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.”
Halo TV series has a lot to explore
For as long as this series has been discussed, it has been promised that the series would show us parts of the Halo story we’ve never seen before. Considering how old the Halo rings are supposed to be, and how little time we’ve actually seen them, there is a lot to see. That being said, the idea of not seeing at least some Spartans, if not Master Chief himself, would probably not go over well with viewers.
Sure, series such as Gotham and Krypton may be able to get away with it, but when it comes to Halo, Master Chief pretty much is the franchise.
We’ll just have to see where the Halo TV series takes us, but we’re definitely going to be along for the ride.