Adapting video games for television and movies is a high-risk venture that may fail spectacularly or succeed spectacularly. For example, Arcane (2021) and Tomb Raider (2018) have received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Still, there have also been several flops, like Warcraft (2016) and Silent Hill (2006), and can we even name the 1995 Mortal Kombat production? It is fair to assume that a television series based on one of the most successful video game franchises carries a significant amount of responsibility.
As a result, what can we anticipate from Kyle Killen's (Lone Star) and Steven Kane's (The Last Ship) next film, Halo, distributed by Paramount+?
While creating a TV series based on the top-rated Xbox video game series Halo was initially revealed in 2013 and has since been in production, the potential for producing action on the small screen has never been underestimated.
The development of a TV series based on Halo's enormously popular Xbox video game series has been in effect since 2013. However, this isn't the first live-action adaptation of the gaming franchise, despite it having the most budget by a long shot.
To promote Halo 3, a set of three short films created by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) and titled Halo: Landfall was published in 2007 under the title Halo: Landfall. In 2012, Netflix offered a web series of 15-minute episodes titled Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which has since been pulled from the site and is difficult to access on the internet today.
A higher-quality production series was created in 2014 to be released in conjunction with the Master Chief Collection for Xbox One, which is still available for purchase and rental on the Xbox store today.
Finally, fans will be able to watch a series with a well-established cast, competent showrunners, and a massive budget to satisfy their Halo content cravings. Here is all we currently know about the next series without further ado.
When and Where Will the Halo Series Be Available to Watch?
Production was temporarily paused to meet the scheduled release date of 2021. On March 24, 2022, Halo will launch on Paramount+. Season 1 is expected to have nine episodes distributed every week (finishing on the 19th of May). Despite being exclusive to Paramount+, the show can be seen on Amazon Prime Video for a fee and is part of the Sky package in the UK.
Halo 2022's Primary Premise Is as Follows
Halo will be “an epic 26th-century struggle between humans and an extraterrestrial enemy known as the Covenant,” according to the description. It will blend carefully developed human tales with action and adventure and a beautifully envisioned vision of the future,” says Bungie.
Here's the full synopsis:
“With an epic 26th-century struggle between humankind and an alien force known as the Covenant, Halo will blend deeply detailed personal storylines with action, adventure, and a beautifully envisioned vision of the future in a series available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
In a battle for the very survival of humankind, our most lethal weapon is also our most hopeful one. This spectacular trailer for the upcoming Paramount+ Original Series Halo gives you a closer look at the Master Chief, Cortana, The Covenant, and the other Spartans of Silver Team, among others. Find the Halo, and you will win the war.”
Kiki Wolfkill, the series' executive producer, has also indicated that it is a non-canon independent tale inspired by the game franchise and is not meant to be a straight adaptation of the games themselves.
There are undoubtedly numerous elements from the video that fans of the games will know that hint at a story arc; continue reading to find out what we can glean from the trailer's actual content.
Everything We Learned About Halo From the Trailer
Watch the Halo trailer now if you haven't done so already.
First and foremost, the game's visual style is evident throughout the video, including places, weaponry, and themes. Those with a keen eye may spot fan favorites like the glowing energy sword wielded by enormous extraterrestrial monsters.
Secondly, Master Chief, the protagonist of all Halo games, will be the focus of Halo 5, but it appears like we'll be getting a closer look at his backstory since there are photos of him sans his trademark suit and helmet.
Like in the games, we have a United Nations Space Command that works on behalf of the human race to colonize planets while using genetically modified “Spartans” (a force led by Master Chief) to safeguard humankind.
According to the video and character roster. I'm guessing there will be some debate between the UNSC and Master Chief, who is an ideal soldier since he can be “managed.”
It's a significant component of Halo and the menace we see in the teaser. The Covenant is a species of extraterrestrials that appears at odds with humanity over the Halo rings in both the games and the series.
The Covenant considers the Halo rings to be holy artifacts that allow them to transcend and use them as weapons against sentient life. A similar idea may be there in the program, but we'd rather avoid speculation because we know the show will be taking a jump away from the game.
Cortana, Master Chief's AI ally in the fight against the Covenant (in the games), is voiced by Jen Taylor, and we'd like to point it out if you hadn't noticed. Taylor has said the character since Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001 up to Halo: Infinite, published in 2021.”
What Actors Will Appear in the Halo Television Series?
Master Chief (or, more precisely, Master Chief Petty Officer John-117) will be performed by someone other than Steve Downes (the character's voice actor in the games), although we may expect to see Jen Taylor reprise her role Cortana in the game.
As Pablo Schreiber has assumed Downes' role, this is understandable given his lack of experience as a screen actor (Orange Is the New Black). Dr. Catherine Elizabeth Halsey, the scientist for the UNSC who came up with the Spartan concept, is played by Natascha McElhone (Designated Survivor).
Master Chief's “buddy” Captain Jacob Keyes, played by Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Danny Sapani (Black Panther). There is a mysterious Covenant figure named Makee, played by Charlie Murphy from Peaky Blinders.
Additionally, Yerin Ha will portray Kwan Ha Boo, Shabana Azmi will portray Admiral Margaret Parangosky, Bokeem Woodbine will portray Soren-066, Miranda Keyes will portray Kai-125, Natasha Culzac will portray Riz-028, and Bentley Kalu will portray Vannak-134 in the film.
Is There Going to Be a Second Season of Halo?
There has been very little information available about the actual plot of Halo. It will be no surprise that Season 2 has already been confirmed for those already pumped up for Season 1. Season 2 will, however, see Steve Kane, the showrunner from Season 1, being replaced by David Wiener (Fear the Walking Dead).