Halo TV Series Based on Video Game Moves From Showtime to Paramount+
Halo has said goodbye to Showtime. Instead, the highly anticipated TV adaptation of the hit video game will make its debut on the Paramount+ streaming service (currently known as CBS All Access), TVLine has confirmed.
Per the original, official description, the Halo adaptation — which received a 10-episode order way, way back in June of the year 2018 — will “weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.” Back in August 2018, then-network chief/ now ViacomCBS CCO David Nevins hailed the project as Showtime’s “most ambitious series ever,” describing it as “futuristic, space-based science-fiction” in the vein of Star Trek. “It’s not fantasy.”
The cast includes Pablo Schreiber (American Gods) as the Master Chief Spartan John-117; Natascha McElhone (Californication) as both Dr. Catherine Halsey (the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan supersoldiers) and Cortana (the most advanced AI in human history); Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) as Soren-066, a morally complex privateer at the fringes of human civilization; and Shabana Azmi (24: India) as Admiral Margaret Parangosky.
Among the new characters created for the TV series, Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron) will play Spartan Vannak-134, a cybernetically augmented supersoldier who serves as the defacto deputy to the Master Chief; Natasha Culzac (Cursed) as Spartan Riz-028, a cybernetically enhanced killing machine; Kate Kennedy (BBC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Spartan Kai-125, a courageous, curious and deadly Spartan supersoldier; and Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.
Production began late last year in Budapest, with an eye on a Q1 2021 premiere.
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