Steven Spielberg's HALO Series is Set at Showtime with Rupert Wyatt Directing
Showtime has officially given Steven Spielberg's long-awaited Halo series a 10-episode order! This project, which is based on the popular XBox video game franchise, was originally announced back in 2013, and now it's finally moving forward.
Spielberg's Amblin TV is producing the series along with Awake creator Kyle Killen and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt. Killen will also serve as showrunner and Wyatt will direct multiple episodes. Production is slated to begin in early 2019.
David Nevins, President and CEO Showtime Networks had this to say in a statement:
"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."
This is certainly exciting news! As a fan of the Halo franchise, I've been waiting for this to happen since it was announced. It may have taken a lot longer to happen than expected, but it's happening and it sounds like Showtime is going to give it the love, attention, and budget that the series needs to get it done right.
I have no idea what the story will entail, but I'm looking forward to finding out. I kind of hope that they base it on the book series starting with Fall of Reach. What are you hoping to see from the Halo series?