The first appropriate sequence from the long-awaited “Halo” television series on Paramount Plus has arrived, the live-action adaptation of the famous Xbox first-person shooter games.
One of Microsoft’s Xbox flagship franchises, “Halo” is a military-style sci-fi / fantasy video game series that focuses on the experiences of Master Chief John-117, a member of a group of super soldiers codenamed Spartans, along with Cortana, his artificial intelligence companion. The original trilogy of games centers around an interstellar war between humanity and an alien alliance known as the Commitment. You can see our Halo games guide ranked from best to worst for more.
Aside from the main actors, not much is known about the series. Pablo Schreiber will play Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 – the star of the games – and join him is Jen Taylor (Cortana), Charlie Murphy (Makee), Kate Kennedy (Kai-125) and Natascha McElhone will play Dr Catherine Halsey , the creator of the Spartan-II program and the Mjolnir motorized assault armor.
The first entry into the franchise was launched in 2001, shortly after the very first Xbox, and its instant popularity was a significant contributor to the success of Microsoft’s first gaming console. Since then, Halo has grown into one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, selling over 81 million copies worldwide as of February 2021.
The images offer a brief overview of the Master Chief’s Mark VI Mjolnir armor, as well as High Charity, the Holy Alliance City, PO2 Kai-125 (Kennedy), Vannak-134 (Bentley Kalu), Carriers of D77-TC Pelican and Suite troops.
“You are special,” says Dr. Halsey (McElhone) in a voiceover. “Actually, I’m counting on it. We’re lost in the dark, but you give people hope and I will always be with you. I see this as a new beginning.”
The reaction has been mostly very positive from fans – some fear this may not be true to the game’s story – but it has also gone largely unnoticed that Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on the series. Having said that, he is only one from 10 executive producers of the series and we have already seen on “Star Trek: Discovery“How Paramount Plus feels the need for an extraordinary number of producers, co-producers, executive producers and co-executive producers on shows like this. So its contribution and exact nature will likely never be known.
It also reignited discussions about Neill Blomkamp’s “Halo” project in 2005. The project had an impressive list of supporters, including Peter Jackson, who was to produce and Alex Garland who wrote the screenplay. Concept work even went as far as some sort of trailer, as well as a few props, including a fully functional Warthog, made by Jackson’s New Zealand-based props and special effects studio, Weta. Tragically, Fox and Universal didn’t have the foresight of these visionaries, there were disagreements, budget cuts and ultimately the whole project was killed.
The last game in the series, “Infinite halo“was released on December 8 for Windows PC and Xbox Series X.” Halo, “the television series will premiere in the United States sometime in 2022 and will be distributed worldwide by CBS Studios International.