The Halo TV show has been a myth for almost 10 years now, but some recent news proves that it’s still very much alive.
While Showtime will still be involved in the production of the series, Paramount+ will have exclusive rights to the stream when it releases in Q1 2022.
“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+,” David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS & Chairman and CEO, Showtime Networks, said about the series. “Halo always fit the bill, but seeing it, we felt it would work.”
First announced in 2013, the Halo series aims to bring what fans loved so much of the video game to the screen. The games themselves have sold over 81 million copies worldwide, so that’s certainly a promising prospect for a TV audience.
The series will star Pablo Schreiber and take place in the 26th century as aliens face off against humans. The latest installment of the game, Halo Infinite, is expected to release in Fall of 2021.
The series is expected to dive deeper into the characters’ personal stories. “It delivers the visceral excitement of playing the game, along with a much deeper emotional experience around the Spartans, human beings who got their humanity chemically and genetically altered,” Nevins explained. “The story is about reclaiming what makes them human, and therefore it’s a very powerful story.”
Even through the shuffling of the last few years, 2020 hit Halo‘s production the hardest. Producers claim that the series was about “55%-60% finished” before COVID-19 restrictions shut down production in March.
Halo is expected to be available through ViacomCBS’s “three-lane streaming strategy” which includes free ad-supported, broad-pay, and premium pay.