Halo is coming to the small screen, but in a new twist, it will head to Paramount Plus. Previously announced for sister network Showtime, Deadline first reported that the TV series based on the hit video game franchise will arrive in the first quarter of 2022.
Halo developer 343 Industries announced in 2018 that Showtime had ordered a 10-episode season based on the sci-fi shooter, with Deadline adding that production is already underway in Budapest and that the show had already filmed "55%-60% of its first season" before the COVID-19 pandemic halted work last March.
Pablo Schreiber (best known for Orange Is the New Black and The Wire) stars in the series, which is produced by Showtime, 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Spielberg will serve as one of the show's executive producers, having tried to get the project off the ground several years ago.
First announced for the Mac, Halo's original developer Bungie was acquired by Microsoft in 2000 ahead of the launch of the original Xbox console. A huge hit, the game became synonymous with the console and spawned many sequels and spin-offs, which have grossed more than $5 billion in total. A new game, Halo Infinite, is due out later this year.
The show was formally announced during a ViacomCBS investor event on Wednesday. The media giant owns a variety of networks and streaming services, including Showtime, CBS, Nickelodeon, MTV and the Paramount film studio. On March 4 the company will .
Wednesday's event also provided updates on Showtime and unveiled the scope of Paramount Plus, including news about a flood of new programming that ViacomCBS hopes will draw in new subscribers even as consumers'have exploded in the last year and a half.
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Update, 3:52 p.m.: Added more details now that the series' move is official.