Screen adaptations of video games have long had a reputation for being moan-worthy at best, but they’re enjoying a bit of a resurgence lately as more and more studios realize the potential goldmine that they represent. Netflix recently broke the mold with its show Esoteric. Based on the famous MOBA game League of Legends, Esoteric somehow broke the curse of the video game adaptation. It was really good. But will any of the upcoming adaptations manage to follow his lead?
One show that meets this challenge head-on is the new Paramount+ Halo series. Halo hardly needs an introduction; it is one of the most popular game franchises of all time. Ever since the first game released in 2001, fans have followed the enhanced human known as Master Chief as he kicked an alien and secured the future of humanity. But will this intergalactic war story translate well to the screen?
Soon we will be able to find out for ourselves. Halo the exit is just around the corner. Here’s everything we know about the show in one convenient place.
Halo release date
Most important first: Halo released exclusively on Paramount+ from Thusday, March 24. Paramount has been surprisingly tight-lipped about some specific details regarding the series’ release strategy, so while we’re assuming it will be a weekly release, we haven’t heard official confirmation.
The same goes for the number of episodes. There are believed to be 9 or 10 episodes, but Paramount has yet to announce the final count. Rest assured, this is something we’re keeping a close eye on and hope to hear more soon.
Halo to throw
Although the Master Chief has always been at the center of the Halo games, the show will take more of an ensemble approach. In addition to Pablo Schrieber (Master Chief), Jen Taylor is also reprising the role of the Master Chief’s AI companion, Cortana. Taylor voiced Cortana in the video games, so it’s pretty cool to see her continuing the role on the TV show.
Beyond Shrieber and Taylor, Halo The cast also includes Natasha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Natasha Culzac, Olive Gray, Yerin Ha, Bentley Kalu, Kate Kennedy, Charlie Murphy, Danny Sapani, Ryan McParland, Burn Gorman and Fiona O’Shaughnessy.
Plus, Steven Spielberg is attached as an executive producer, so there’s some serious influence behind the scenes as well.
Paramount+ has released an official synopsis for Haloand it’s short, sweet and precise:
In his adaptation for Paramount+, HALO will be set in the universe that first appeared in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th century conflict between humanity and an alien menace known as the Covenant.
And really, what more can I say? This does not mean that the Halo the games didn’t have a good story; they absolutely did. But did any of us really run to them for that?
No. It was about the Master Chief wreaking havoc and battling aliens. Even though the show will explore things a bit more, like the origin of the Spartan Enhanced Soldiers, it’s a safe bet that it’ll likely still have plenty of the action that made video games so popular.
Speaking of action, Paramount+ also released a full trailer for Halo, which gives us a good look at Pablo Schrieber as Master Chief as well as many other characters. He runs, he shoots, he punches aliens in the face and uses lost space technology. It looks fun. The trailer also gives us our first glimpses of the alien Covenant as well as Cortana.
Halo debuts on Paramount+ on March 24.
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