It has been a LONG time coming. After numerous false starts, canned adaptions, and a stint in development hell, live-action Halo is coming in the form of a TV series.
Pablo Schrieber stars as Master Chief, a soldier in the 26th-century conflict between humanity and the alien threat known as the Covenant. Jen Taylor, Yerin Ha, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, and Danny Sapani co-star.
The games in the series are critically acclaimed, with the original considered the Xbox’s killer app. This led to the term “Halo killer” being used to describe console games that aspire, or are considered, to be better than Halo. At one stage it felt as if almost every other game was declared a Halo Killer.
By 2015, the games had sold over 65 million copies worldwide, with the games alone grossing almost $3.4 billion. As of February 2021, that figure has risen to 81 million copies.
Halo has since become one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time. The Halo Universe now spans multiple best-selling novels, graphic novels, comic books, short movies, and animated movies.
However, live-action has proved elusive. It was all the way back in 2005 that a Halo movie was first announced, with 20th Century Fox and Universal partnering up to co-finance the sci-fi epic. Peter Jackson was set to produce with protege Neill Blomkamp directing after Guillermo del Toro had dropped out of negotiations.
Eventually, it re-emerged as a TV series for the Paramount+ streamer, and after a first teaser a while back, now a full trailer is here:
In addition, the streamer has also set an official launch date of March 24th.