Showtime Gives Series Order to “Halo” Adaptation

The long-gestating project has finally gotten the green light from Showtime. 

Xbox video game franchise will be adapted to a scripted TV drama series after being in development for over four years. 

The news that the series was given a ten-episode order was confirmed by Showtime, who also announced that it has hired a showrunner and executive producer (Kyle Killen) and director (Rupert Wyatt). Scott Pennington and Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will also exec produce.

“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” said David Nevins, president-CEO of Showtime Networks. “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.”

Production is set to begin in early 2019.