Hit video game Halo gets TV drama series adaptation

Halo is one of the world’s most well-known video games. (Reuters pic)

LOS ANGELES: International hit military science fiction video game Halo is coming to television in the form of a scripted drama series, cable channel Showtime said on Thursday.

The 10-episode series, based on the best-selling Xbox franchise, will dramatise a 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, as well as weaving personal stories with action and adventure, Showtime said in a statement.

Halo, a first-person shooter game developed for Microsoft Corp’s Xbox in 2001, has grown into a global phenomenon, selling more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossing more than US$5 billion (RM20 billion) in sales. It has already spurred spin-off novels, graphic novels, and toys.

Showtime Chief Executive David Nevins described Halo as the network’s “most ambitious series ever.”

“HALO will enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe,” he added in a statement.

Production on the new series will start in 2019, but Showtime, a unit of CBS, did not give an expected date for its television release.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television will co-produce with Microsoft videogame unit 343 Industries.

The US$36-billion (RM145 billion) US video game industry has proved fertile ground for television and movies in the past, including big-screen versions of “Lara Croft Tomb Raider,” “Assassins Creed”, and “Warcraft.”