Halo has been a defining gaming series for a lot of generations. The first game, which came out in 2001, was a massive success. It later spawned a number of sequels and laid foundations for a franchise adored by others. It’s also, for the most part, remained an X-Box exclusive for a long time. So it should come as no surprise that it would one day get a film/TV adaptation. And that is exactly what is going to happen soon.
Showtime, the premium cable network, announced that it has picked up the show for 10 episodes. The show has been in development for quite a while, more than four years to be exact. While we’ve had a lot of video-game movies recently, we’ve yet to see the medium being represented on TV in a big way. And a franchise as big as Halo certainly seems up to the task.
“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.”
-David Nevins, CEO of Showtime
For the uninitiated, Rupert Wyatt is most famous for directing Rise of the Planet of the Apes. A fairly competent film. His inclusion in the production of the series is a great news. Kyle Killen is known for his work on The Beaver & Lone Star. While these are great talents, we’ll just have to wait and see if they can bring this gargantuan vision to the small screen.
As for the near future, Halo fans can look forward to the upcoming Halo: Infinite which was revealed at E3 this year.