SHOWTIME’s ‘Halo’ Series Gets Director Otto Bathurst

Looks like SHOWTIME has finally found a director for their long-in-the-works live-action television series based on the wildly popular Xbox game, HaloOtto Bathurst (what a great name!) will be directing multiple episodes, and will also be serving as executive producer for the show.

Bathusrt has numerous television credits to his name like Peaky Binders, the British comedy series TeachersBlack Mirror‘s “The National Anthem” episode, and the upcoming HBO/BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials. He also directed the recent Robin Hood feature film which starred Taron Egerton and Ben Mendelsohn.

Deadline says they’re hearing the original 10-episode order has been shortened to 9, but this could easily be chalked up to a two-part pilot or season finale.

Kyle Killen (Awake) serves as the project’s executive producer, writer and showrunner; while Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) will direct several episodes and also serve as an executive producer. The Halo series will be produced by Microsoft/343 Industries, along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television (though Spielberg is not listed as an executive producer).

Back in November of 2018, there was a casting call by SHOWTIME to find the perfect Master Chief, who will reportedly be the focal point of the series.

We’ll let you know what else we hear about the series, we’re expecting news about casting soon.

About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool.


Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always).

Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence.

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