Showtime and Amblin’s “Halo” TV show — everything we know so far

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From cast, crew and directors, here's everything we know about the upcoming Halo TV show from Steven Spielberg's Amblin and US broadcaster Showtime.

Ever since the first Halo game, Combat Evolved, came to consoles in 2001, a film or TV adaptation has always been on the cards in someway or another.

However, for a myriad of reasons this has never come to be.

For several years there were rumblings that Peter Jackson was looking to create a film based on the game series, alongside director Neil Blomkamp, but this sadly fell apart and the two went onto collaborate on District 9 instead.

It wouldn't be until 2012 that we got any sort of live-action Halo. When 343 Industries took over as the main company behind the game series, they produced a number of short series to coincide with the release of the games Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians.

Halo Forward Unto Dawn

First we got Forward Unto Dawn in 2012, which explored the backstory behind Thomas Lasky, a prominent character in Halo 4. The five-part miniseries was originally a feature-length film but was cut down to create hype for the upcoming Halo 4.

Then, in 2015, 343 released Nightfall on their new Halo App for the Xbox One. The series again released in the build up to Halo 5 and gave some backstory to the game's new character Spartan Locke, played by Mike Colter (Marvel's Luke Cage).

Halo Nightfall

Neither series was really what fans were after however. Hopefully that will change with the new Halo TV show, produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin and US broadcaster, Showtime.

From what we gather so far, the game's main protagonist, The Master Chief, will be one of the main characters in Showtime's Halo.

Little detail has been unveiled about the show's plot but it will be focusing on the same period in which the game series is set.

Originally, Rise of the Planet of the Apes director, Rupert Wyatt, was set to helm the show but he stepped down in December 2018.

It was announced in late February 2019 that Wyatt had been replaced by Otto Bathurst, who will produce and direct several episodes of the show. Bathurst has considerable experience in TV as he's been involved in the incredibly popular Black Mirror and Peaky Blinders series as well as directing 2018's Robin Hood.

Director Otto Bathurst attends the New York special screening of 'Robin Hood' at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on November 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss

Production on the show is scheduled to start later this year.

Confirmed Cast

As things stand there have been no announcements on who'll be starring in Showtime and Amblin's Halo TV show.

Others TBC

Rumoured Cast



Director: Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Peaky Blinders and 2018's Robin Hood)

Writers: Kyle Killen (Awake, Mind Games) and Joseph Staten (Halo C.E.-Reach, Recore and Crackdown 3)

Executive Producers: Otto Bathurst, Justin Falvey, Kyle Killen, Scott Pennington and Steven Spielberg

Producers: TBC

Release Details

Where to watch: Showtime (US), no UK broadcaster has been revealed so far.

When to watch: No release date has been revealed yet but with production of the show not expected to start until later this year, 2020 will be the earliest we'll get to see the new Halo TV show

Synopsis: No news of the show's plot has been revealed yet but expect the series to follow the future war between humanity and the Covenant as seen in the video game series.

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