'Halo' is finally getting a TV adaptation from Showtime, the television studio behind 'Dexter', 'Twin Peaks: The Return', 'Ray Donovan' and 'Billions'.
Per Polygon, the as-yet untitled series has been ordered for 10 episodes, with Showtime CEO David Nevins calling it "our most ambitious series ever," and has tapped Rupert Wyatt to direct several episodes. Wyatt's perhaps best known for directing 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes', the first in the rebooted trilogy with Andy Serkis, and the critically-acclaimed television adaptation of William Friedkin's 'The Exorcist'.
Plot details are exceptionally thin, with the official synopsis reading as nothing more than "dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant." Technically speaking, this isn't the first time an adaptation of 'Halo' has been attempted. There's been numerous short movies, digital series and so on - even one directed by Neill Blomkamp of 'District 9' fame - but there hasn't been anything on this scale, especially in a climate where you have shows like 'Westworld' and 'The Expanse' doing the rounds.
Names in the past associated with a 'Halo' big-screen adaptation included Peter Jackson, Alex Garland, the aforementioned Neill Blomkamp and even 'Game of Thrones' showrunner DB Weiss did a draft on a script. None of them, of course, made it to the screen - but the gaming franchise has done perfectly well without them, with the most recent entry 'Halo: Infinite' debuting at E3 this year.
No release date has been set for the 'Halo' series.