Friday, 29 June 2018 11:54

Hello, Halo TV, 10 episodes start production in early 2019

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Microsoft's hero Xbox gaming franchise, Halo, has just had a 10-episode season ordered by Showtime, dramatising an "epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant".

Ok, ok, so let's get one thing straight. Let us hope that Microsoft and Showtime's new agreement to create a Halo-based TV show is predicated upon a covenant that the show that is produced ends up absolutely awesome.

I've never actually played Halo as I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I do love my sci-fi, and if this is a fantasically watchable, well-produced and entertaining show, I would be very happy to watch it. 

That said, you can do a search on IMDB to see previous Halo TV shows that didn't exactly get the highest ratings, so there's a real opportunity here to get Halo done right, and to have its TV show be as exciting and as popular as its Xbox game franchise.

Announced at the Xbox Wire blog, the name Halo is just a working title for the moment, but presumably it will feature in the show's name, just as previous attempts at Halo TV have done.

We're told the show "will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatising an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.

"Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as executive producer, writer and showrunner. Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct multiple episodes and also executive produce the hour-long series which enters production in early 2019."

Showtime president and chief executive David Nevins said: "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.”

Kiki Wolfkill, head of Halo Transmedia at 343 Industries, said: "This is a truly exciting moment for the Halo franchise.

“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. We can’t wait to share more on what’s ahead.”

Halo will be executive produced by Killen, Wyatt and Scott Pennington, along with Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank for Amblin Television. The series will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International.

Stay tuned to the Xbox Wire blog and the Halo Waypoint site for more info.

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