Following numerous development setbacks, the live-action series has found a new home at Paramount+, and is being hailed as a possible ‘defining show’ for the budding streamer.
Following numerous delays and other setbacks, the live-action Halo series has found a new home at budding streamer Paramount+. In late 2020, after nearly a decade in development limbo, the long-promised adaptation of the fan favorite sci-fi shooter resumed shooting and was set to premiere on Showtime.
For those questioning the switch, it’s all about marketing. According to Deadline, David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS & Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, claimed, “We were on the hunt for signature shows beyond the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access and were thinking, what could be a defining series for Paramount+.” Nevins feels Halo “could be a defining show for a newish service that’s got all the firepower of an entertainment corporation behind it.”
The upcoming10-episode series follows the futuristic sci-fi story told by the original game series, chronicling the 26th century conflict between humanity and the evil alien threat, the Covenant. Infamous armored hero Master Chief will be portrayed by Pablo Schrieber, who is joined by Shabana Azmi (24: India) as Admiral Margaret Parangosky; Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Fargo) as Soren-066; Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders) as Makee; Kate Kennedy (Battlefield V) as Kai-125; Natasha Culzac (The Witcher, Cursed) as Riz-028; and Bentley Kalu (Edge of Tomorrow, RED 2) as Vannak-134.
Halo is executive produced by Kyle Killen and Steven Kane, who also serve as showrunners. Rupert Wyatt, Scott Pennington, and Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank for Amblin Television.
The series is expected to premiere in early 2022.