After more than four years in development as a series, and over a decade as a potential film before that, the “Halo” video game franchise is finally making a jump to the screen.
Premium cabler Showtime has picked up a ten episode script drama series based on the games with Kyle Killen (“Awake”) to serve as executive producer and showrunner. Additionally, filmmaker Rupert Wyatt (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) will direct multiple episodes including the pilot and will also executive produce. Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will also exec produce.
To date since the first game launched in 2001, the “Halo” games have sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossed more than $5 billion in sales. The Showtime series will take place in the same universe and dramatize an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and the alien threat known as the Covenant.
Showtime, which says this is easily their most ambitious series ever, will team with Microsoft/343 Industries and Amblin Television to produce the series which will begin filming early next year.
Source: The Live Feed