It’s been a long and arduous road for those fans that have been waiting to see Halo make a successful jump from videogames into TV and Movies. The biggest disappointment was back in 2005 when Peter Jackson attempted to produce a movie adaptation with Neil Blomkamp and Guillermo Del Toro both eager to take on the director’s job. The short film Halo: Landfall, which was directed by Blomkamp, was all kinds of awesome and really got me hyped for a full movie back in the day. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and we had to wade through years of maybes and disappointments like Forward Unto Dawn to get to this point.
But yesterday, Showtime announced that they have ordered a full ten episode season of a Halo Television show. Amblin Television, created by Steven Spielberg, are the company that will be working alongside 343 Industries to adapt this new show. Unfortunately Mr Spielberg himself is not reported to have any creative involvement but Kyle Killen (Awake) and Rupert Wyatt (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) are going to be producing and writing the shows 10, hour long episodes.
Showtime’s CEO David Nevins had this to say about the project:
“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.”
Halo’s new TV adaptation is set to enter production in 2019. Stay tuned!