Deadline is exclusively reporting that the television series adaptation of the video game franchise Halo, which has been in development at Showtime since early 2019, will now be migrating to and becoming an exclusive series for the ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+.
Halo is set in the 26th Century, where humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant are at war, told primarily through the eyes of Master Chief. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS & Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks, spoke with Deadline about the decision to have the project move to the streamer, saying:
We were on the hunt for signature shows beyond the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access and were thinking, what could be a defining series for Paramount+. Halo always fit the bill but seeing it, we felt it would work.
Late last year, top executives got to have a first-look at finished footage of the Halo series, which lead to Nevin looking to move the series to Paramount+, reaching out to Showtime’s creative partners on the series, Steven Spielberg and his Amblin team, as well as 343 Industries, the current video game developer company behind the Halo franchise. After pitching to them why Halo would benefit from launching on Paramount+, the deal was sealed.
The production of Halo has currently shot more than half of its first season, though was obviously cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic as production ceased in March last year, though its now currently back in production in Budapest, with the aim now to have the series premiere on Paramount+ in early 2022.
Kyle Killen and Steven Kane serve as co-showrunners, with Scott Pennington, Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank serving as executive producers.