The Halo television series has been in development for over a decade now, and with filming for the first season over halfway finished, it seems like we’re finally going to get this show in the near future. While the Halo series was originally anticipated to be coming to Showtime, it is now being reported that Halo will be exclusive to the newly-rebranded Paramount+ streaming service.
This Halo series is being produced by Showtime, 343 Industries, and Amblin Television. The show is currently in production and is expected to premiere in the first quarter of 2022. The show is being developed and run by Kyle Killen, who created the short-lived series Lone Star and Awake, as well as Steven L. Kane, who co-created TNT’s The Last Ship, and wrote for such shows as Alias and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Halo will star The Wire and Orange Is the New Black’s Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, The Truman Show’s Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, and Jen Taylor will be reprising her voice role as Cortana from the video games. The series was originally announced back in 2013, with Steven Spielberg announced as executive producer. Since then, directors like District 9’s Neill Blomkamp and Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Rupert Wyatt both signed on to direct before eventually stepping down. But with Halo finally filming in Budapest, it looks as though the series might finally make its way to Paramount+ for its expected 2022 release date.
This isn’t the first time Halo has moved to live-action. 2012’s Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a live-action web series, and 2015’s Halo: Nightfall, produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free productions, starred Luke Cage’s Mike Colter. Even more fraught with problems than the television series was an unproduced feature film. This feature was started in 2005, with Ex Machina’s Alex Garland working on the script, while Game of Thrones co-creator D.W. Weiss was eventually brought in to rewrite the script. Peter Jackson was rumored to be executive producer, while both Blomkamp and Guillermo del Toro were rumored to direct. However, the project was said to be dead back in 2007.
Debuting in 2001 with Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo quickly became one of the most popular video game franchises of all-time. The series has spawned several installments and spinoffs, a series of popular books, comics, and various other products. The latest game in the franchise, Halo Infinite, will be the fourteenth Halo game so far and is scheduled for a late 2021 release.
But this shift for the Halo series is just one of many announcements Paramount+ has made in the last 24 hours. Paramount+ also announced they are working on television series based on movies like Flashdance, Love Story, The Parallax View, and others, are making a new Rugrats series, reviving Frasier, and even making new movies based on such properties as Reno 911!, Workaholics, and Beavis and Butt-Head.
While Paramount+ has been making a lot of news this week, this shift for Halo is likely to grab plenty of attention from fans of the series. This highly-anticipated series has a new home and potential release date for when they can finally see this Master Chief-focused series.