Steven Spielberg's Halo TV series is finally happening

It’s taken five long years, but the Halo TV show is actually happening.

US premium channel Showtime has ordered a 10-episode season telling the story of “an epic 26th-century conflict” between humanity and an alien entity known as the Covenant.

Halo is produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, and its creative team will include Awake writer Kyle Killen as showrunner and Rise of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Rupert Wyatt as the series’ director.

Showtime promises that Halo will “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future”.

Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” said network president David Nevins said in a statement.

“In 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.”

Steven Spielberg first started working on adapting Halo for television back in 2013, but the project stalled for several years. Then, all of a sudden, Showtime president David Nevin announced at the TCA press tour in January that the project was back in “very active” development.

There is no premiere date yet for Halo on Showtime in the US, nor is there a UK home at this point.

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