Showtime, the popular cable channel, has decided to move forward with a live-action adaptation of the popular Microsoft franchise, Halo. Executives are calling this the “most ambitious” project that they have taken part in. The show will feature “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant,” according to Showtime.
If you can remember back to 2013, you’ll realize that there was a similar adaptation in the making over at MSN. It eventually failed to appear on Xbox Live with the company deciding against entering the field for streaming original content; oh boy were they wrong. There’s an overabundance of streaming services on the market and many more that are currently in development.
Showtime executive, David Nevins, made a statement regarding the development of the show:
“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded. 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.”
Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as EP, writer, and showrunner of the series. Rupert Wyatt, who some will know from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will be directing numerous episodes. Steve Spielberg will join Killen to executive produce, with production projected to begin in early 2019. Who’s watching? We definitely are.