A Halo TV series is in the works. During Microsoft’s 20th anniversary celebrations for the Xbox console, the company revealed that not only is Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode fully available and free to play, fans of Halo will also soon be able to experience a live-action TV series next year.
Titled simply Halo, it’s the first real scripted series based on the iconic video game franchise.
While attempts to bring Halo to cable and the cinema are nothing new for fans, they’ve mostly fizzled out and left many disappointed. This isn’t the case with the upcoming Halo series, which is being developed for Paramount+ and streaming in 2022.
The teaser offers a quick look at Pablo Schrieber’s take on the Master Chief as the battle-scarred warrior dons his armor. It doesn’t reveal too much besides the chief’s appearance, Cortana’s voice, and the official release year, offering fans a confirmation that they finally have something big to look forward to besides Halo Infinite, which comes out in December.
News of the project initially surfaced in 2018. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show originally planned to debut on Showtime before finding a new platform on Paramount+.
It’s unclear when in the Halo timeline the series is supposed to be set, but the character is described as “Earth’s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity.” This suggests that it takes place during the time of the first game.
In addition to Schrieber as the Master Chief, Halo will also feature Calfornication’s Natasha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, and Bokeem Woodbine as Soren-006 as a “morally complex privateer on the fringes of human civilization whose fate will bring him into conflict with his former military masters and his old friend, the Master Chief.”
Jen Taylor, who voices Cortana in the video games, returns to her role as Cortana in the series. That’s pretty cool.
Watch the trailer below.