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343 Industries officially announces Showtime's Halo TV series

Many years ago, 343 Industries announced that a Halo television show was in the works. Acclaimed directors like Steven Spielberg were also attached to the project. Since then, we haven't heard many details about the show and many suspected that plans had been scrapped. It turns out that wasn't the case at all. Today, Kiki Wolfkill, Head of Transmedia at 343 Industries, officially revealed Showtime's Halo series.

Wolfkill issued the following statement on Halo Waypoint.

We are working with some incredible talent to bring you an epic new story experience set in the Halo Universe. Showtime brings its powerful legacy of experience in building stories for premium cable and together with Amblin Television and legendary storyteller Steven Spielberg, have been gracious partners in helping put together the right creative team to bring Halo to television. We are thrilled to have experienced showrunner Kyle Killen and blockbuster director Rupert Wyatt on board, both of whom bring their own flavor of vision, intelligence, and voice to Halo... We're already in the pre-production phase and we plan to go into full production in 2019.

The fact that individuals who worked on Lone Star and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are attached to the project instills confidence. Hopefully the show will be on the level of acclaimed Showtime projects like Dexter or The Tudors.

It's unclear who the central character is but we're hoping that it features Master Chief. We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. Until then, rejoice in the fact that legendary creators like Spielberg and Wyatt are on the team.

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15 Comments
  • Don't know why are there no comments yet, but this is great news!
  • I was literally grinning from ear to ear when I read the article :-)
    Best news all week!!
  • Grinning might be an understatement :-D but we sure are happy to receive this news! And if they time it close to the new game it will be the hell of a year!
  • Tie in with Infinite? That's what I'm guessing!
  • This sounds almost a little too good to be true. Showtime? Spielberg? Killen? Wyatt? This is going to be insane. I hope they manage to star Bruce Willis somewhere in there and I'll be buying the bluray release!
  • If Master Chief is not a main character I am not watching >:(
  • A whole series about a guy with his helmet on and little to no character development at all? I love the chief but he's not the right lead character here. He's perfect for a fps game.
  • There is tons of character development for him, but you need to read/watch the expanded universe to see it.
  • I'm just hoping they don't "Hollywood" it and screw it all up to try and appeal to a broad audience. Watching books and some games come to the big screen and just ending up way off course or just plain terrible, made me not want it to happen. If they can stick to canon and not undo what was originally there (looking at you Bungie with Halo: Reach), then I'll be happy. It wasn't that Halo: Reach's campaign was bad, it was good. It just threw away the previous standing canon. I'd hate to see that happen with Halo on TV.
  • What did Bungie change in canon for Halo Reach?
  • I almost want to Master Chief and Cortana not to be the leads. If they are, it will be necessary to flesh out those characters and many fans will complain a lot. Also, the universe is rich enough to tell many other stories.
  • I agree. It wouldn't work.
  • I'm hoping it's about gray team that would be a good series. that team was awesome and there isn't much about them.
  • As long as it is not an SJW version of Halo, I'll be ok.
  • Stargate SG-1 also started on Showtime, where it did its first ~5 (and arguably best) seasons, before moving to SyFy.