Adapting video games for television and film is risky business, they can fail or fly. We have seen series such as Esoteric (2021) and movies including grave robber (2018) got great reviews across the board, but there were also plenty of busts: Warcraft (2016), silent Hill (2006), and dare we even mention the 1995 production of mortal combat? It’s fair to say that a series based on one of the most popular video game franchises of all time has quite a weight on its shoulders. So what can we expect from Kyle Killen (lone star) and Steven Kaneit’s (The last boat) Haloready to be released on Paramount+?
The development of a TV series based on the incredibly popular Xbox game series Halo was first announced in 2013 and has been in development ever since, however, the potential for creating small-screen action has never been overlooked. It’s not the first live-action adaptation of the game franchise, although it has by far the biggest budget. In 2007, a series of three short films directed by Neill Blomkamp (District 9) under the name of Halo: Landing were released to promote Halo 3. Netflix hosted a 15-minute episode web series titled Halo 4: Onward To Dawn in 2012, which has since been removed and is hard to find online. Finally, in 2014, a higher production series was released alongside the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One, which is still available for purchase and rental on the Xbox Store.
However, at last fans have a series with an established cast, experienced showrunners, and a mega-budget to fulfill their mission. Halo content desires. Without further ado, here’s everything we know so far about the new series.
When is the Halo series release date and where can you watch it?
While the release was originally scheduled for 2021, production was briefly halted. Now, Halo is set to premiered on Paramount+ on March 24, 2022. There are 9 expected episodes of Season 1, which will be released weekly (ending on May 19). Although the show is exclusive to Paramount+, it is available as a paid channel on Amazon Prime Video and is also included in the Sky package for UK viewers.
What is the premise of Halo 2022?
Not much has been released regarding the actual plot of Halo. We know from the synopsis that Halo is going to be “an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien menace known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure, and a richly imagined vision of the future .”
Here is the full synopsis:
Dramatizing an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien menace known as the Covenant, the Halo series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. . In a war for the very survival of humanity, our deadliest weapon is our greatest hope. Check out Master Chief, Cortana, the Covenant, and the other Spartans of Silver Team in this epic trailer for the new Paramount+ Original series, Halo. Find the Halo, win the war.
Executive producer Kiki Wolfkill also revealed that the series is a non-canon standalone story inspired by the game franchise and is not intended to be a direct adaptation of the games themselves. That said, there are obviously plenty of elements from the trailer that fans of the games will recognize that tease a plot, read on for what we can glean from the trailer itself.
Everything We Got From The Halo Trailer
If you haven’t seen the Halo trailer, we highly recommend watching it here.
First, the games aesthetic is certainly shown in the trailer: settings, weapons, and themes to boot. Eagle-eyed fans might notice the trademark weapons found in the franchise, such as the fan-favorite energy sword wielded by large alien creatures. Secondly, Halo is set to follow the story of super soldier Master Chief, the main character of all Halo games, but we seem set to dig deeper into his story, as there are shots of the famous character decades old. without his costume and his signature helmet.
From the trailer (and confirmed by the cast list) it seems like just like the games, we also have a United Nations Space Command, which works on behalf of the human race to colonize planets and uses genetically engineered “Spartans” (a group led by Master Chief) to protect humanity. It seems from the trailer that there’s going to be a talk between the UNSC and the Master Chief, who is the perfect soldier due to his ability to be “controlled” is something we could see changing.
The Covenant is also a big part of the Halo games and the threat we see in the trailer. The Covenant are an alien race that in the games and apparently the series come into conflict with humans over the Halo rings. In the games, Halo Rings are huge weaponized structures to eradicate sentient life, believed by the Covenant to be religious relics that can allow them to transcend. From what we’ve seen so far, it’s likely to be a similar theme in the series, but we don’t want to speculate too much as we know the series will take a leap forward from the game itself. same. We want to point out, if you didn’t recognize the signature voice, that we love that Cortana, Master Chief’s AI partner in the war against the Covenant (in games) is voiced by Jen Taylor. Taylor has voiced the games character since the first game Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001 until the last released game Halo: Infinite in 2021.
Who is in the cast of the Halo TV series?
While we’ll see Jen Taylor reprise her in-game character from Cortana, the main character, Master Chief (or more accurately Master Chief Petty Officer John-117), won’t be played by Steve Downes which voices the character in the games. This is obviously due to the fact that Downes is not a film actor, but the role was taken over by Pablo Schreiber (Orange is the new black). Other notable cast members include Natascha McElhone (Designated Survivor) as Dr. Catherine Elizabeth Halsey, a scientist for the UNSC and creator of the Spartan Project of which Master Chief is a part. Danny Sapani (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther) as Captain Jacob Keyes, commander of the UNSC and “friend” of the Master Chief. Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders) plays Haunting Makee, the Covenant humanoid figure seen in the trailer. are also present Yerin Ha who will play the role of Kwan Ha Boo, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Margaret Parangosky, director of the ONI (Office of Naval Intelligence), Bokeem Woodbine like Soren-066, olive gray like Miranda Keyes, kate kennedy like Kai-125, Natacha Culzac as Rice-028 and Bentley Kalu as Vannak-134.
Will there be a season 2 of Halo?
If you’re already excited for season 1, you’ll be glad to know that season 2 has already confirmed. Season 2, however, will see Season 1 showrunner Steve Kane replaced by David Wiener (Fear the living dead).
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