A live-action show based on the Halo action game franchise was first announced in 2013, and since then, there have been many changes and production hurdles. Despite all that, the Halo show is now looking at its first season premiere on Paramount Plus. Although the premiere is set for March 24th, 2022, the show has already been renewed for a second season.
David Wiener Will Be the Executive Producer and Showrunner for the Second Season of Halo
According to a recent press release, David Wiener, who is known for his work on shows like Homecoming, Fear the Walking Dead, and Brave New World will be the second season’s showrunner and executive producer. The news was broken during an investor event, where it was also stated that ViacomCBS would be rebranding itself as Paramount to focus on streaming.
After Years of Waiting, the Halo TV Show Is Premiering This March
After being announced in 2013, the Halo TV show has changed directors, actors, and screenwriters several times. The first planned release was in 2015 with Steven Spielberg as a producer, but later the date was moved to 2019 with Rupert Wyatt as the director and producer. Then, a 2020 release was announced, and now, Halo is set to air this year, with Otto Bathurst replacing Wyatt.
Speculations are that the season two renewal was announced early to help pull in skeptical viewers who were disappointed by Netflix’s live-action Cowboy Bebop and its abrupt cancelation after season one. According to Showtime’s CEO, David Nevins, the second-season pickup was reflective of the confidence the team has in the power of their epic series to attract and engage viewers.
The Halo TV show stars Natascha McElhone of Californication as Dr. Halsey and Pablo Schreiber of American Gods as Master Chief. Jen Taylor, who gave the voice for Cortana in the Halo games, will return as Master Chief’s fan-favorite AI assistant. Originally, the series was commissioned by Showtime to run for ten episodes, but after being picked up by Paramount+ was trimmed to have just nine.