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A live-action Halo TV show is finally, truly on the way

Remember the Halo movie? No, you don't, because it didn't happen.

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You're looking at a piece of history: a real, working Halo Warthog vehicle created by the Lord of the Rings and Avatar special-effects geniuses Weta Workshop for the Halo movie we were promised well over a decade ago.

But on Thursday, publisher Microsoft and Halo developer 343 Industries announced that we're finally getting a live-action Halo TV series -- Showtime has ordered a 10-episode season. (Disclosure: Showtime is a subsidiary of CBS, CNET's parent company.)

According to Microsoft's press release -- there's also a 343 Industries press release -- the show "will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant," which admittedly tells fans basically nothing about how the series might work.

They're hinting, however, it may be a big-budget show, with hour-long episodes. "Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded," said Showtime CEO David Nevins.

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Rupert Wyatt (who directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will serve as exec producer and director on some episodes, with writer-producer Kyle Killen (Lone Star, Awake) as showrunner. Production will begin in early 2019.

What happened to Steven Spielberg, who was supposed to be involved in creating a Halo TV show since way back in 2013? 343 Industries suggests that he was involved in putting together the creative team, and that his production company Amblin Television will contribute a pair of executive producers too. 

There's also a new Halo game, Halo Infinite, to look forward to.

In February, we spoke to Alex Garland, the screenwriter behind the original Halo movie -- who's now an accomplished sci-fi director, too.