Announced back in January, Showtime has now confirmed a 10-episode debut season of its Halo TV series, with production expected to start in 2019.

The series, tentatively titled – guess what, you guessed it – Halo, is about “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant”, according to the press stuff. So, more or less exactly the same as the games, but presumably with a new cast and premise. Or maybe not. I mean, “Master Chief kills the bad guys and saves the galaxy, also something about Cortana” has worked for five games now.

Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) is already attached to the project as executive producer, writer, and showrunner, with Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) also signed up to direct “multiple” episodes.

“Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded,” says Showtime boss David Nevins. “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 enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe.”

This is the same TV series that’s been in and out of development since 2013, in collaboration with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television company, sooooo… I dunno. But I believe. Sort of.

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