When we posted the news on Sasha Calle being cast in The Flash movie there were some commenters who doubted that the film would ever actually see the light of day. Well, if Ezra Miller’s solo outing as the Scarlet Speedster is taking its sweet time then where does that leave Master Chief?
A Halo television series has been in the works for what has to be a decade now, right? I swear I’ve been hearing about this adaptation for the last five years if not longer. I don’t understand how a show that has Steven Spielberg involved and is based on Xbox’s most well-known video game series would take so damn long to come to fruition.
Wait, what’s that? You mean to tell me this show had already filmed 55%-60% of its first season before the ongoing pandemic shut production down last March?! Huh, I guess this show was farther along than I thought.
Anyway, Halo was originally being developed as an original series on Showtime as part of a move to expand the type of content that channel could offer. However, it looks like the pandemic allowed Paramount+ (a.k.a. The Service Formally Known as CBS All Access) to swoop in and secure it as an upcoming exclusive streaming series.
The announcement was made today during the ViacomCBS Streaming Event. Apparently, ViacomCBS was 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+”. Well, I guess Halo had what they were looking for.
The series, which is in production in Budapest, will still be produced by Showtime, and the network’s creative executive team will continue to oversee it. All that seems to be changing is where it will be released. As of right now, the plan is to release Halo on Paramount+ in Q1 2022.
Pablo Schreiber (Defending Jacob) is set to star as Master Chief in the upcoming adaptation. The series will “take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. The show will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”
Personally, I’m a PS4 man myself and absolutely hated playing Halo with my friends who owned an Xbox. I can’t see myself subscribing to Paramount+ to watch an adaptation of a video game I never really loved to begin with. (Though to be fair, I don’t think anything will be getting me to subscribe Paramount+ other than a new Mission: Impossible series.)
CBS All Access will evolve into Paramount+ on March 4, 2021.
Are you a fan of the Halo video games? Will the upcoming streaming series get you to subscribe to Paramount+? Tell us down in the comments.