HALO ON TV
The Halo series is finally getting its own TV show after years of waiting
Rumours of a Halo TV show have been circulating for a few years now, but finally it’s starting to come together and actually get underway thanks to a partnership with the Showtime TV network. It might not be the Peter Jackson-led film that many had previously been pining for a few years back, or the one that originally had Neill Blomkamp involved before he went on to make District 9, but it’s a start.
There are also quite a few big names involved with the project, including Kyle Killen, who worked on
Awake and Mind Games, who will be taking up writer duties as well as being the executive producer. Rupert Wyatt, the man who helmed Rise
Of The Planet Of The Apes, will be directing several episodes and also helping to produce the series.
“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, CEO and president of the Showtime network. “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 enthral fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.”
“This is a truly exciting moment for the Halo franchise,” said Kiki Wolfkill, head of Halo Transmedia at 343 Industries. “Together with our creative and production partners at Showtime and Amblin Television, the Halo television series will represent a 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.” Of course this won’t be the first time the Halo series has done something TV-related – it previously did a short live-action mini film for Halo 3: ODST and the Halo: Nightfall web series that nailed the look of a real-life Halo universe, so there’s a decent foundation for a full TV series to work from. We’ve also heard that the series will have narrative ties to
Nightfall, so perhaps we’ll be seeing more of Locke or of that time period in particular. There’s no word on whether or not it will tie in to the upcoming
Infinite which was announced at E3. Details of the story are thin on the ground at the moment, but it will cover part of the conflict with the Covenant alien threat and will feature one-hour long episodes. While networks such as HBO have Westworld, it feels like Showtime might be setting this up as an epic sci-fi series of its own. Whether it will feature Master Chief directly or perhaps just sporadic contact remains to be seen – we think the latter would make more sense to keep his mystery.
We’ll hear more from the project later this year.
“In the history of TV, there simply has never been enough great science fiction”
Above No shots of the TV show, but Nightfall gives us a taste of what a Halo TV show might look like.
right That backdrop reminds us of what was shown of Infinite, except a bit broken.