New, live-action original series based on the iconic, hugely popular ‘Halo’ Xbox franchise about an epic, 26th-century battle between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, will hit the streamer in 2022.
In dramatic fashion, Paramount+ drafted off yesterday’s eighth Annual Game Awards livestream to reveal its first-look trailer for Halo, the streamer’s highly anticipated upcoming original live-action series based on the iconic Xbox franchise. Halo has sold more than 82 million copies worldwide, grossing more than $6 billion in lifetime total sales revenue.
The series will launch on Paramount+ in the U.S. and all international markets it serves in 2022.
Halo’s 10-episode first season 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. The series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure, and a richly imagined vision of the future.
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Infamous armored hero Master Chief will be portrayed by Pablo Schrieber (American Gods), who is joined by Natascha McElhone (Californication) as Dr. Catherine Halsey; Jen Taylor (Halo game series, RWBY) as Cortana; Shabana Azmi (Fire) 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; Bentley Kalu (Edge of Tomorrow, RED 2) as Vannak-134; Olive Gray (Half Moon Investigations); Yerin Ha (Reef Break); and Danny Sapani (Penny Dreadful). Also joining the cast as original characters are Ryan McParland (6Degrees); Burn Gorman (The Expanse); and Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Nina Forever).
Back on June 28, AWN reported that showrunner Steven Kane planned to leave the show after completion of Season 1 post-production. Originally executive produced and showrun by Kane and Kyle Killen, and set to run on Showtime, the long-promised adaptation of the fan-favorite sci-fi shooter resumed shooting in Budapest late last year after a long pandemic shutdown. Killen actually left the show just prior to the start of production. Then the show moved to Paramount+.
At the time of the move, 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 also noted that Halo “could be a defining show for a newish service that’s got all the firepower of an entertainment corporation behind it.”
The show is produced by Showtime, Halo video game developer 343 Industries, and Amblin Television. Steven Kane executive produces alongside Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey for Amblin. Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie executive produce for One Big Picture, with Bathurst directing several episodes; Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington executive produce for Chapter Eleven; Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor, and Bonnie Ross serve as executive producers for 343 Industries. The series is distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.