HALO Fans Rejoice

Put down your controllers and pick up the remote.

A scripted TV show based on the legendary XBox series HALO is coming to Showtime.

Although it has been in development hiatus for five years, the series has finally been greenlit for ten episodes, and a director and showrunner hired.

Kyle Killen, known for his work on Awake will be the executive producer, writer, and showrunner, while the director will be Rupert Wyatt known for his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The HALO show will dramatize the contents of the game, described as.

“An epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant … Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”

The CEO of Showtime, David Nevins, said this about the show:

Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewardedIn 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.”

Launching on XBox in 2001, HALO has sold more than 77 million copies worldwide, and grossed more than $5 billion.

Producers Microsoft, 343 Industries, and Stephen Spielberg’s Amblin Television, will be hoping for similar success when they start production in 2019.