Fans have demanded it for years and now Halo, the popular sci-fi shooter, is getting live-action series courtesy of Showtime.
Showtime Thursday announced it is picking up a 10-episode season of the tentatively titled “Halo,” based on the iconic Xbox franchise. Production will begin in 2019. Premiere date and casting details were unavailable.
According to the Showtime description, the series adaptation “will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing 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.”
Showtime is producing the series in concert with Microsoft/343 Industries and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Executive producer Kyle Killen (TV’s “Awake”) will oversee the series and serve as its writer, with Rupert Wyatt (2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directing multiple episodes and also serve as executive producer.
Halo is set in the twenty-sixth century, with the player assuming the role of the Master Chief, a cybernetically enhanced supersoldier. The player is accompanied by Cortana, an artificial intelligence who occupies the Master Chief’s neural interface. Players battle various aliens as they attempt to uncover the secrets of the eponymous Halo, a ring-shaped artificial world.
Halo has been praised as one of the greatest video games of all time and was ranked by IGN as the fourth-best first-person shooter made. The game’s popularity has led to labels such as “Halo clone” and “Halo killer”, applied respectively to games either similar to or anticipated to be better than it. In addition, the game inspired and was used in the fan-created Red vs. Blue video series, which is credited as the “first big success” of machinima (the technique of using real-time 3D engines, often from video games, to create animated films).
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