The cast is assembled and table reads complete, as production starts on the Steven Spielberg produced, 10-episode, live-action "Halo" TV series for Showtime, based on the bestselling first-person shooter video games, starring Pablo Schreiber ("American Gods") as 'Master Chief', a 'Spartan' super soldier and humanity’s last hope against the alien 'Covenant':
"It is a very different genre", said Showtime.
"...it's a futuristic, space-based science fiction, not fantasy.
"It took us a long time to get the script but we felt like we had something that was really interesting and felt like it belonged on Showtime in terms of its character depth...and it's gonna' be a big show."
"We made a conscious decision to hire a writer not known for sci-fi and not known for big battle movies because that's already baked into the 'Halo' franchise. And we will service that, but we also wanted to ensure that we were getting beneath the formidable armor of the 'Spartans' and really getting inside the team drama so it felt like it belonged on Showtime."
The "Halo" games, created by Bungie and developed by 343 Industries, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios, follows an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the 'Covenant'.
The Covenant, led by religious leaders the 'Prophets', worship the ancient civilization the 'Forerunners', who perished in combat with the parasitic 'Flood'.
'Master Chief John-117' is one of a group of supersoldiers codenamed 'Spartans', with his artificial intelligence companion, Cortana .
The term 'Halo' refers to the 'Halo Rings' habitable superweapons.
Previously, the live-action mini web series "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn" (2012) consisted of five 15-minute episodes released weekly.
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