The Halo se­ries is fi­nally get­ting its own TV show af­ter years of wait­ing

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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.”

Ring around

“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.

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