Based on the iconic Xbox franchise, Halo will launch on Paramount+ in the U.S. and in all international markets where the streaming service will be available in 2022.
In its adaptation for Paramount+, Halo will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001 with the launch of Xbox’s first Halo game.
Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
The series stars Pablo Schreiber (American Gods) as the Master Chief, Spartan-117, Natascha McElhone (Californication) as Dr. Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and inscrutable creator of the Spartan super soldiers, and Jen Taylor (Halo game series, RWBY) as Cortana, the most advanced AI in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.
Additional stars include Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), Shabana Azmi (Fire), Natasha Culzac (The Witcher), Olive Gray (Half Moon Investigations), Yerin Ha (Reef Break), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Kate Kennedy (Catastrophe), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders) and Danny Sapani (Penny Dreadful).
Halo reinvented how people think about video games and has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon, having sold more than 82 million copies worldwide and grossing more than $6 billion in lifetime total sales revenue.
Halo is executive produced by Steven Kane, alongside Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television in partnership with 343 Industries, director Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie for One Big Picture, and Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington for Chapter Eleven.
Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross serve as executive producers for 343 Industries. The series is distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.
“From all the early glimpses we’ve seen, it’s crystal clear that Halo is a visually stunning thrill-ride, anchored in riveting, character-driven storytelling,” said David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS & Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks Inc., previously.
“With such tremendous appeal to every audience, we realized Halo had the potential to become a defining show for what will become the broadest streaming platform at ViacomCBS – the new Paramount+. And Showtime is looking forward to continuing to produce this incredible series with 343 and Amblin for Paramount+.”
“It has been a remarkable journey to bring the Halo universe to television, and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Showtime and to introduce our characters and epic worlds to the Paramount+ platform,” said Bonnie Ross, Corporate Vice President and Studio Head of 343 Industries.
“Paramount+ has an ambitious vision for its future which makes it the perfect home for Halo and our breadth of fans.”
“All of us at Amblin feel so privileged to work on a property as epic and iconic as Halo. Our partnership with Bonnie, Kiki and Frank at 343, and David, Gary (Levine), Jana (Winograde) and their teams at Showtime has been an incredible collaboration with impressive results thus far,” said Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, co-Presidents Amblin Television.
“The passion and enthusiasm of the Paramount+ team for our show is obvious, and they are not only a perfect streaming partner for Halo, but a group as dedicated as we are to preserving and furthering the legacy of this universe.”