‘Halo’ TV Show: Everything We Know So Far

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

Halo: The Master Chief Collection | Microsoft

Halo TV show is finally, truly happening. Showtime announced on Thursday that it has officially ordered the series, which has been in various stages of development for years now.

So what do we know about this Halo show so far? Here are the answers to all of the questions you’re asking about the project.

Is it live-action or animated?

The Halo TV show is going to be live-action, not animated. It remains to be seen what the budget will be, but Showtime calls Halo its most ambitious series ever, so we probably shouldn’t expect them to go cheap on the special effects.

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

Is it an original story or an adaptation?

This isn’t entirely clear. Showtime says the show will dramatize “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.”

But it seems like it will be a mix of original and adapted material. In a blog post, Kiki Wolfkill from 343 said that the series will try to balance the desire to show fans something new and to show them something they already love. She wrote:

“As we think about what it means to bring videogame franchises to movie or TV – the biggest challenge can often be finding the right balance between moments fans have already experienced and moments that have yet to be experienced through a different medium, perspective, or creative lens. We are excited to navigate these creative waters to bring you something that is both respectful of what you already know and love, but also new and surprising and enthralling.”

That blog post also calls this an “epic new story experience set in the Halo Universe.” This could be interpreted as meaning it’s a new story or just that it’s the same story told in a new way.

Who’s making the show?

The showrunner is Kyle Killen, probably best known for creating the short-lived NBC show Awake. He also wrote the Mel Gibson movie The Beaver.

In addition, Rupert Wyatt, who directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, is going to direct several episodes. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment is also producing, as are Showtime and 343 Industries.

In a statement, the CEO of Showtime said, “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.”

A team of four Spartans stands ready for battle in Halo 5.

Halo 5: Guardians | Microsoft

When is it going to air?

This is also not entirely clear, but Showtime has announced that production is going to get underway in early 2019.

This means you shouldn’t expect Halo to get on the air until near the end of 2019 at the earliest, and possibly not until 2020 seeing as this will probably be the type of show with a long post-production process.

How many episodes will there be?

Showtime has ordered 10 episodes for Season 1, so it will be as long as a typical season of a show like Westworld and Game of Thrones.

Clearly, though, Showtime would love for this series to continue on for years and be their Game of Thrones, assuming the first season is successful enough.

We don’t yet have any information about the cast of Halo yet, but we’ll likely learn more about that in the coming months.

Check out The Cheat Sheet on Facebook!