Showtime is officially moving forward with that much-anticipated live-action adaption of Microsoft's massively popular video game franchise, Halo. The series will be produced by Showtime, in association with Microsoft/343 Industries and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television.
It'll start shooting in early 2019, and the goal is to make an ambitious SF series at a scale not unlike Amazon's absurdly expensive Lord Of The Rings series.
Showtime has greenlit the Halo TV series, and the debut season will span 10 episodes.
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"Halo is our most ambitious series ever", Showtime CEO David Nevins said.
Since launching on Xbox in 2001, Halo has sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossed more than $5 billion in sales. "In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction".
The Halo film that was bandied about a decade or so ago is dead and buried, but the live-action television series that was announced in 2013 is finally shaping up to be a real, actual thing that you will someday be able to watch. The series, set in the future, will follow the conflict between the human race and an alien threat called the Covenant.
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. Nevins also added that the series will aim to be "thrilling, expansive, and provocative", while also citing that the series' creative team has a vision for the Halo series that will "enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe".