Showtime is slowly putting together the new “Halo” series, adding a new director and naming a showrunner this week. The network announced today that Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Robin Hood) is set to direct the highly anticipated show, which is based on the Xbox franchise of the same name. Kyle Killen (Awake) is attached as executive producer, writer, and showrunner for the series.
According to Showtime, Bathurst will helm multiple episodes, and executive produce the live-action series. Showtime has already ordered an initial nine-episodes of the adaptation.
Showtime is producing the series in a partnership with 343 Industries, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. While we still don’t have a cast list yet, we do know that “Halo” is scheduled to begin production later this year.
Late last year Bathurst directed “Robin Hood” with Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. The director is also working on the upcoming fantasy television series “His Dark Materials.”
Bathurst won a BAFTA Award for Best Director and picked up a Best Drama Series nomination for his work on “Peaky Blinders.” He is also known for his work on Netflix’s Emmy winning anthology series “Black Mirror.” Bathurst also worked on the BAFTA Award winner “Criminal Justice.”
“Halo” continues to be one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. Over 77M copies of the games have been sold over the years, grossing more than $6B in lifetime total sales revenue.
In the adaptation headed to Showtime, “Halo” will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001. The story dramatizes a 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.
Showtime explained the series adding that “Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.:
The show will be executive produced by Killen and Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven, Bathurst and Toby Leslie for One Big Picture and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank for Amblin Television in partnership with 343 Industries. The series will be distributed globally by CBS Studios International.