You have permission to be skeptical, but Showtime says the Halo TV series is back on track. The premium network describes the series as “tak[ing] 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.” The Halo TV show will be inspired by the games of the same name (specifically the first).
For those who don’t understand why this announcement would be greeted by skepticism, Microsoft first announced development of a Halo TV series back in 2013. None other than Steven Spielberg was attached to executive-produce, and Showtime agreed to air it. Then the project kind of withered and died. Every now and then rumors come out of Hollywood that the project is back on, but nothing ever comes of it.
However, this is Showtime’s boldest statement since the original announcement. There’s an episode order (ten episodes for Season 1), an airdate window (Spring 2019) and a list of staff: Rupert Wyatt, Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank will executive producing, and Kyle Killen (Awake) will pull triple-duty as executive producer, writer and showrunner. Spielberg no longer appears to be attached directly, but the project is still being produced by Amblin Television.
“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” said Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. “[This] 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.”
So….is it really going to happen now? If you hear nothing for the next six months, worry. Otherwise, the Halo TV series will begin on Showtime early next year.