US premium channel Showtime announced that it has ordered a 10-episode live-action season that will bring the huge videogame series to TV screens. The show will be produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, with Awake‘s Kyle Killen serving as showrunner and Rupert Wyatt set to direct.
But what else can we expect? Here’s everything you need to know.
Halo TV show release date: When can we expect it?
We won’t be seeing it anytime soon sadly as production isn’t set to start on the show until early 2019, meaning it won’t land on Showtime in the US until late 2019 at the very earliest and we’re more likely looking at 2020.
A UK broadcaster has yet to be announced, but a lot of their major shows – The Affair, Ray Donovan and Billions, for example – end up on Sky Atlantic in the UK, but that isn’t a guarantee.
Halo TV show cast: Which characters will be used?
As expected, it’s been confirmed that the TV show will take place in the same universe as the games and follow the 26th century conflict between humanity and the alien threat known as the Covenant.
It’s too early to tell whether this means we’ll see the characters from the game in the show or whether they’ll choose to frame the conflict with a whole new group. However, to satisfy the fans, we’d be surprised if there wasn’t appearances from Master Chief, his personal AI Cortana and the villainous 343 Guilty Spark, among others.
Before the show was officially announced, Showtime’s Gary Levine promised in January that the show would “definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and… the drama audiences of Showtime”, so we reckon it’ll be a mix of fan favourite characters and entirely new ones, but that’s just a guess at the moment.
Halo TV show plot: What will it be about?
Like with the cast, plot details are few and far between at this early stage of development and all we really have is Showtime CEO David Nevins’s praise from the official announcement.
“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,” he enthused.
“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.”
Showtime added that the TV show will combine personal stories with action and a “richly imagined vision of the future”, so we can expect the first season to feature a lot of world-building alongside the action sequences featuring the war between the United Nations Space Command and the Covenant.
At least the TV show will have plenty of material to draw from as the Halo universe is not just limited to the game series, but also features books, comics and two previous miniseries – Halo 4: Forward Into Dawn and Halo: Nightfall – that are all part of the canon.