Paramount have announced the premiere date of the Halo TV series, and that it will be coming to Paramount+.
Deadline reports that while the series was expected to appear on Showtime streaming service, it will now be broadcasting on Paramount+. Both are ultimately owned by ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks. The show will now be produced by Showtime in parthership with developer 343 Industries, and Amblin Television.
The series is currently being produced in Budapest and will star Pablo Schreiber, telling the story of humanity’s war against Covenant in the 26th century. 55% to 60% of filming of the first season had been completed before the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic halted production in March 2020, being considered for Paramount+ in the months after.
“It delivers the visceral excitement of playing the game, along with a much deeper emotional experience around the Spartans, human beings who got their humanity chemically and genetically altered,” explained David Nevins, CBS’ Chairman, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer of Showtime Networks. “The story is about reclaiming what makes them human, and therefore it’s a very powerful story.”
Executive producers include Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey on Amblin Television’s side; while Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor. and Bonnie Ross will be executive producers on 343 Industries’ side. Steven Kane, director Otto Bathurst, and Toby Leslie will be executive producers for One Big Picture; while Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington will be executive producers for Chapter Eleven.
“Top executives” had seen the first footage in Fall 2020, which accelerated plant to move the show to Paramount+. “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+,” Nevins stated. “Halo always fit the bill, but seeing it, we felt it would work.”
The ratings success of Showtime show Your Honor was also a reported factor. Nevins stated Showtime will remain “a premium adults programming service,” and home to “sophisticated dramas.”
The Halo TV series will premiere Q1 2022 on Paramount+.
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