The Halo franchise is one of the most beloved gaming series in the world and fans are understandably excited, though wary, about the upcoming TV series. Well, it doesn’t seem like ViacomCBS has any hesitations, considering they’ve already renewed the show for a second season before one episode has even aired. That’s what we call confidence. Check out the Tweet from the Halo series official Twitter account below:
The upcoming Halo series is based on the popular game franchise and features iconic characters like Master Chief and Cortana. Pablo Schrieber is taking on the lead role and Steven Kane and Kyle Killen are on as showrunners. However, it looks like showrunner duties will be taken over by David Wiener in season two. David Wiener is most known for his work on shows like Fear the Walking Dead and Brave New World. It’s unclear why there’s a switch up of showrunners, but the reasons are probably fairly innocuous.
While fans of the video games are likely looking forward to the Halo series, they also have some reservations. Hopeful fans have been burned by video game adaptations plenty of times in the past. Attempts to bring video games to the big or small screen have been mixed at best, with most attempts falling in the bad to serviceable category. With that being said, recent endeavors have been more promising. For instance, the League of Legends-based Arcane was one of the best shows of last year, animated or otherwise. Maybe Hollywood is slowly starting to get it right.
Halo isn’t the only upcoming video game adaptation either. We have the Tom Holland-starring Uncharted in theatres this weekend, the upcoming sequel to the well-received Sonic movie, and a Mario movie that inexplicably stars Chris Pratt as the titular plumber. And that’s just the beginning. We’re getting adaptations of The Last of Us, Minecraft, Borderlands, Call of Duty, Bioshock, and much more. Clearly, movie and TV producers are putting their chips in the video game realm, and this automatic renewal of the unseen Halo series shows how much they’re willing to bet. In short, if you’re a gamer you’re either very happy or very annoyed, depending on the quality of the adaptations. For every Arcane, there’s bound to be a Mortal Kombat Annihilation or Assassin’s Creed right behind it.
Early reactions to the Halo series trailer prove that fans aren’t quite ready to trust the team yet. Many are hoping the adaptation will be faithful and will depict the characters they know and love the way they remember them from the games. Halo Infinite, the latest video game entry in the franchise, was released very recently. That means the iconic portrayals of these characters are fresh in the minds of fans. The Halo series certainly has its work cut out to impress everyone. If you’re one of the fans who are cautiously optimistic to check out this adaptation of Halo, the series is set to premiere on March 24, 2022. You can watch using the Paramount Plus app.