If you haven’t heard, Showtime is adapting the X-Box video game Halo for television. The Hollywood Reporter states Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Robin Hood) will take over directing duties after the departure of Rupert Wyatt. Wyatt left due to production scheduling conflicts.
The live-action series will take place in the same universe as the game, focusing on the conflict between humans and the alien Covenant. THR reports that the legendary Master Chief is among the list of characters on the casting list. Showtime has ordered nine episodes for the first season.
Halo is Microsoft’s best-selling video game, selling more than 77 million copies worldwide. Microsoft initiated the Halo book project, releasing 23 plus novels and 9 graphic novels and comic books. There haven’t been any successful attempts at adapting the game for TV, except for the Rooster Teeth spoof Red vs. Blue. RvB is a comedy spoof of the game, set in a single map of the game. The multiplayer mode allows for several characters to interact with each other. It’s actually pretty funny and on Netflix if you’re interested.
Kyle Killen serves as writer, executive producer, and show runner. Halo will be executive produced by Killen, Bathurst, Scott Pennington and Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank . Showtime in partnership with 343 Industries will produce along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
Wyatt’s departure set the production schedule back a bit. Showtime’s Halo is currently in development.
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