Live-action Halo TV series will focus on characters, including Master Chief

Dave W. Shanahan

The upcoming live-action TV series, Halo, is set to debut on Showtime in 2020. As noted in a report on, some additional details reveal how Halo story will unfold.

Showtime’s network programming chief Gary Levine and president/CEO David Nevins detailed how the live-action adaptation of Halo: Combat Evolved, will be the “most ambitious series ever” for the network. Halo will detail the “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, using deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”

The Halo series on Showtime will be helmed by Kyle Killen and Stephen Spielberg, serving as executive producers and showrunners for the series. Additionally, Showtime will use Halo writers “not known for sci-fi, not known for big-battle movies.” The aim is to get a fresh look at Halo’s Spartans and to “get under the armor of the Spartans” to tell a more thorough and meaningful storyline.

Although not currently in production yet, Showtime has already order 10 episodes of Halo, with more to follow depending on the series’ reception. Nevins said that that based on early scripts of the series, Halo “will have enormous appeal to Halo fans and also appeal to the Showtime drama fans.”

Nevins added that Master Chief will be a character on the series, but there is no information on how big of a role Master Chief will play. Showtime is currently looking into what actors will be cast in Halo, so stay tuned.