Halo TV series finally gets 10 episode order from Showtime

Halo TV series finally gets 10 episode order from Showtime
Ben Borthwick Updated on by

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Five years after being officially announced and after plenty of reassurances it was not dead, it looks like the long-awaited Halo TV series from Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Television is finally going ahead at Showtime with ten episodes ordered to go into production next year.

As per the announcement on Xbox Wire, the Halo show will have Kyle Killen of Awake fame serving as executive producer, writer and showrunner while Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Rupert Wyatt will also executive produce and direct several of the hour-long episodes for the company. It'll also be distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.

Showtime CEO David Nevins is excited by the prospect, saying 'Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded. In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction.' and promises that the adaptation will 'enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.'

343 Industries' Head of Transmedia and defacto head of all things Halo Kiki Wolfkill said via a statement on Halo Waypoint: 'The biggest challenge can often be finding the right balance between moments fans have already experienced and moments that have yet to be experienced through a different medium, perspective, or creative lens. We are excited to navigate these creative waters to bring you something that is both respectful of what you already know and love, but also new and surprising and enthralling.'

'It’s a journey that we're excited to take with you, our fans, and this new creative team. We’re already in the pre-production phase and we plan to go into full production in 2019 so hang on… this is going to be an awesome ride!

No word on a broadcast date as of yet, but the hour long series will officially enter production in 2019. Hey guys – if you're after a few ideas, we've got an entire pilot script for you here to take a look at.