Published: Fri, June 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Halo TV series gets 10-episode order at Showtime

Halo TV series gets 10-episode order at Showtime

"Halo", set in the 24th century, focuses on an interstellar war between humans and an alien race known as the Covenant, largely through the eyes of Master Chief John-117, an enhanced supersoldier, and his AI companion Cortana. "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".

Showtime has commissioned 10 episodes of a Halo drama with a working title of, er, Halo. Rupert Wyatt, the director of 2011's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes", will also be an executive producer and will direct multiple episodes of the hour-long series. There was a five-part Xbox Originals digital series called Halo: Nightfall (starring Mike Colter!), but besides that it's all been vaporware - until now? "Together with our creative and production partners at Showtime and Amblin Television, the Halo television series will represent new and exciting way for fans to enter and engage with the Halo universe". The series will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International. In the years since "Halo" gained popularity, there have been a few false starts on "Halo" films, including projects with Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg attached.

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Whether the game franchise's story, which takes a lot of cues from '70s SF and can occasionally get a bit complicated, can hold up those ambitions is an open question, but it looks like we're finally going to find out. The minds behind movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Awake will produce the show. Justin Falvey and Daryl Frank are coming off the six -season run of The Americans on FX. 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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