'Halo' TV series: Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about Showtime's 'most ambitious series ever'
Showtime's 'Halo', directed by Otto Bathurst, will consist of nine episodes and is expected to premiere later in 2020. The show is based on the game of the same name.
A TV adaptation of 'Halo' was announced in 2013 and Steven Spielberg was expected to be the executive producer on the live-action series which is based on Microsoft Studios' 'Halo'. It has since been in development and it was only in 2018 that the show was greenlit for a 10-episode series by Showtime. However, recent media reports suggest that the season will have nine episodes.
President-CEO of Showtime Networks David Nevins called the show the network's "most ambitious series ever". He said, "In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction. Kyle Killen’s scripts are thrilling, expansive and provocative, Rupert Wyatt is a wonderful, world-building director, and their vision of ‘Halo’ will enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe."
The show is set to begin filming later this year and is expected to release in 2020.
The show will center on the 26th-century conflict between humans and an alien threat known as the Covenant. In a statement from Showtime, it was said the series will "take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future."
So far only two actors have been officially announced by the network.
Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief
Actor Pablo Schreiber, well-known for his role in 'American Gods' as Mad Sweeney who met his end in season 2 will play the role of Master Chief in the upcoming series. Master Chief Petty Officer John-117 is a protagonist in the game, who is a playable character. Other than the game, Master Chief also appears in novels and graphic novels.
Yerin Ha as Quan Ah
Actor Yerin Ha is a relatively new Korean-Australian actor who was cast after a worldwide search and she is well-known for her work on stage. Quan Ah is a shrewd girl from the Outer Colonies and lived during the time of Human-Covenant war. She plays a pivotal part in the series.
343 Industries and Spielberg’s Amblin Television are the creative teams behind the show with Otto Bathurst who worked on 'Black Mirror' set to direct the pilot episode and a few other ones. Kyle Killen, who is well-known for shows such as 'Lone Star' and 'Awake' will serve as one of the executive producers, writer and showrunner.
A trailer for the show is yet to be released, given filming will only begin later this year. But watch this space as we keep you updated on everything there is to know, when more on 'Halo' is revealed.
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