– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This is not a drill, folks! It may have taken north of a decade (good lord, has it been that long?), but Halo is finally getting the live-action adaptation it deserves — at least that’s the scuttlebutt according to Deadline.

The outlet states that Showtime has ordered a 10-episode series based on the video game series of the same name, which has been gracing Microsoft’s Xbox consoles since the early-2000s. The show will come courtesy of Awake creator Kyle Killen, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

Killen and Wyatt will executive produce the series, but Killen will be serving as writer of the show, while Wyatt will be on board to direct multiple episodes. Production will supposedly begin early in 2019, so we may end up with an early-to-mid 2020 release date — less than two years away!

Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” said David Nevins, President and CEO Showtime Networks. “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.”

All I can say is it’s about time. If there was a gaming franchise suited for an adaptation, it’s Halo. Peter Jackson was attached to a film adaptation for a while, but obviously, that’s something that never came to fruition for one reason or another. Given where technology is nowadays, and how expansive TV shows can be, I can appreciate that perhaps a cable network is exactly where this kind of story belongs.

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.