Showtime has given a 10-episode series order to Halo, a scripted drama based on the award-winning Xbox franchise.

Awake creator Kyle Killen will serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner on the series, while Rise of the Planet of the ApesRupert Wyatt will direct multiple episodes as well as serving as executive producer. Halo is to be produced by Showtime in association with Microsoft/343 Industries and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.

The project was originally announced back in 2013 as one of the series to launch Xbox’s original content, however it was moved to Showtime shortly after Xbox Entertainment Studios was shut down the following year. It has been in discussion at the cable network for four years, with various creative talent in talks to work on it.

David Nevins, President and CEO at Showtime said: 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. Kyle Killen’s scripts are thrilling, expansive and provocative, Rupert Wyatt is a wonderful, world-building director, and their vision of Halo will enthral fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.”

Production on Halo is slated to begin in early 2019.

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