Showtime Orders 10 Episodes of Show Based on Game

Brenda Watkins
June 29, 2018

The popular video game series has spawned a number of other adaptations, such as mini-series' like Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, starring Thom Green, and Halo: Nightfall, starring Luke Cage's Mike Colter. Beyond his feature work, Wyatt's own television experience includes directing the pilots for "The Exorcist" and "Turn: Washington's Spies". Kyle Killen ("The Beaver", "Mind Games") will serve as writer and showrunner, while "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt will helm multiple episodes. Spielberg has been developing this series since 2013, and things were looking good this past January, when Showtime President David Nevins said it was in active development.

Over on Xbox Wire, an announcement from 343 Industries revealed that Showtime is developing a TV series adaptation of the Halo franchise, with the network officially ordering a 10-episode first season for the series, which will release in hour-long installments. Production on the series is set to begin in early 2019.

Since its debut in 2001, Halo has sold more than 77 million video game copies worldwide and grossed more than $5 billion in sales.

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The DC Universe app will also feature a social-media element, access to the DC encyclopedia, contests, and shopping opportunities. The service will be available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV (plus via the web and mobile web).

We're told Halo (which is the show's working title for now) will dramatize "an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant ..." Before praising his creatives, Nevins noted, "In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction".

If you're feeling a bit of déjà vu, well Showtime ordered a Halo TV series back in 2014.

Microsoft has experimented with adapting Halo before: there was a doomed movie project that signed up dream collaborators like Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp, and Guillermo del Toro before it collapsed around 2007. The show was in development, with Spielberg attached as executive producer, but it fell by the wayside as #PeakTV led to an incredibly crowded marketplace.

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