Halo is one of the most important entertainment franchises to ever hit the media landscape. The video game series has captured the imagination of millions of people of all ages around the world since it first launched with Halo: Combat Evolved in 2001. Now, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of both that first game as well as the Xbox, we've been given our very first look at the long-awaited live-action adaptation of the franchise.
This has been in the works for years, with an array of filmmakers attached to bring the video game to life- everyone from Peter Jackson to Ridley Scott to Neill Blomkamp to Steven Spielberg. After many long years, production had finally begun on the nine-episode first season in late 2019 before it was forced to shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In February of this year, it was announced that the show would move from Showtime to Paramount+.
The series is being produced by Showtime with 343 Industries. Steven Spielberg acts as an executive producer through his company Amblin Television, and has Pablo Schreiber (The Wire, Orange is the New Black, American Gods) star as Master Chief alongside Jen Taylor as the AI Cortana, reprising her role from the games, and Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the Spartan soldiers. Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray, and Charlie Murphy will also star.
The teaser is brief, but we get a good glimpse at the iconic MJOLNIR armor as Cortana greets Master Chief and the franchise's beloved music begins to play. Check it out below.