Halo is expanding beyond video games, books, and graphic novels. The universe will soon include a television series, Showtime announced.
With Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment signed on, Showtime says the Halo TV series will begin production in early 2019. The first season will consist of 10 episodes. Each of them will run for an hour.
The original story will be executive produced by Kyle Killen, Rupert Wyatt, and Scott Pennington. From Amblin, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank are leading the way. CBS Studios International, meanwhile, will take care of distribution around the world.
Microsoft announced the TV series back when the Xbox One was unveiled in 2013. After that, the project received little attention. But all sides kept it alive despite the lack of significant movement.
In 2018, Showtime stepped forward to remind everyone that Halo would still make its way to the premium cable channel.
The 10-episode order for Halo (also the project’s working title) shouldn’t be seen as a surprise. Cable channels, especially those like Showtime, typically scoop up an entire season at once to fill their lighter schedules. Halo also brings with it a massive following that gives Showtime hope the TV series will go over well.
Aside from confirming the project has been greenlit, Halo doesn’t have many other details. We don’t know exactly what the TV series will explore, and the cast is far from decided. Showtime also has yet to say when Halo is going to premiere.
One possibility is that Showtime will premiere the TV series around the same time Microsoft releases Halo Infinite, the latest title in Xbox’s biggest franchise. So we’ll see how this project develops in the coming months.