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    Thread: Halo TV Show Sets Main Cast, Will Premiere Early 2021 On Showtime

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      Halo TV Show Sets Main Cast, Will Premiere Early 2021 On Showtime


      The elusive dream that is a feature-length Halo has been in development for years, with so many major adaptations of the popular video game franchise ultimately coming to naught. The most famous of these was to be a live-action film directed by Neill Blomkamp, before it was canceled and he went on to make District 9.



      There does appear to be movement on a Halo digital feature to be produced by Prometheus director Ridley Scott, with a script by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring and directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Falling Skies). There’s also a separate, Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series which will air on Microsoft’s XBox One next-gen console, which may (or may not) see Blomkamp hop aboard to direct the pilot.
      Variety now reports that premium cable outlet Showtime is close to a deal which will see the channel develop and air a “live-action drama series” based on the game franchise. Xbox Entertainment Studios and Showtime will partner on the show, which will air on both the premium channel as well as on the Xbox. While the deal is apparently still in the negotiations phase, it sounds like the project will be finalized soon.
      The series is in development under Spielberg’s Amblin TV banner, with an undisclosed pair of showrunners working from “an expansive bible” from screenwriter Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). The Halo series will air on Showtime first, then on the Xbox One platform.




      This is indeed new territory for both Microsoft and Showtime, and while the series has been in development at Amblin TV for more than a year, there are no details as to how long this deal with Showtime has been in the works. Microsoft is understandably protective of its hit property, and is evidently working to included an “enhanced interactivity” for the platform. What exactly this means is unclear, but suggests some kind of multi-platform connection between the TV series and upcoming installments of the game.


      Stuart Beattie’s involvement with the Halo adaptation goes back several years, and has been connected to several blockbusters since then (I, Frankenstein notwithstanding), so with his bible forming the spine of the early development process, this likely seems safer on paper for executives at both Microsoft and Showtime.


      Marvel’s attempt at a multi-platform entertainment model with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. faltered for most of its first season, but has found a strong base in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s game-changing plot twists.


      Could the Halo series prove to be a solid cross-platform offering out of the gate? If so, it might end up to be the title that makes Xbox a viable and envied outlet for original programming, as well as an example for future attempts at such a wide-ranging project, like the often-stalled cross-platform adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower.


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      Xbox and Showtime’s Haloseries is still development. Stay tuned for more as details emerge.
      Source: Variety

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      ‘Halo’ TV Series to Launch in Fall 2015




      While franchises reign supreme within the realm of popular media, an all around successful movie based on a video game remains an elusive concept. This may not be true for long, with the promising big screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed on the way – among many others – and two separate live-action adaptations of the blockbuster Xbox video game series Haloin development.


      Prometheus director Ridley Scott is developing a digital feature (which just cast its lead), and a live-action Steven Spielberg-produced TV series will (likely) air on Showtime and Microsoft’s Xbox One, which may or may not have Elysium director Neill Blomkamp aboard to direct the pilot.


      The roll-out of news on the Halo TV project has been slow and steady, and while many details are as yet undisclosed, we do know that the show will have “an expansive bible” from screenwriter Stuart Beattie (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra).


      Now, thanks to a report from Variety, we know approximately when the show will premiere. The Halo series will debut in the fall of 2015 and will coincide with the release of the next entry in the game series, Halo 5: Guardians. According to Bonnie Ross, general manager of Halo producer 343 Industries, the televisionseries “will stand alone, as well as complement and enrich the game experience.”



      Microsoft is using the upcoming E3 2014 as an opportunity to showcase what the Xbox One is capable of, which is the main thrust of arecent trailer. More details about Halo 5 are expected at E3, and Ross did say the following about the game:


      “‘Halo 5: Guardians’ is a bigger effort than ‘Halo 4.’ That applies to the content and scope of the game, as well as the technology in what’s now a brand-new and more powerful engine.”

      Could the Halo show be poised to break new ground when it come to the multi-platform franchise reach every major studio seems to be actively developing? The comments from Ross suggest that there will be no narrative overlap, but if the show is expected to “complement and enrich“ the game experience, fans may well expect details from the series to inform aspects of the gameplay.


      There is no word on whether or not the digital feature will tie into the TV series or the game, but in an industry currently obsessed with universe-building, a multi-platform Halo narrative could prove a commercially viable project, provided that the core Halo fanbase can be coaxed on board. Expect more details this June when Microsoft unveils Halo 5 at E3.


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      The Haloseries is still development. Stay tuned for more as details emerge.
      Source: Variety

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      Halo TV Series Is An Original Story; Won't Premiere Until 2020



      Not much has been revealed about Steven Spielberg's Halo TV show at Showtime, but it has been announced that the series' story will not be based on any of the games and likely won't premiere until 2020. The upcoming blockbuster series is an adaptation of the Xbox games that center on Master Chief, who leads humanity in a war against a race of aliens known as The Covenant.
      The Halo TV show was announced back in 2013 but wasn't officially greenlit until this year when it was announced that Spielberg's production company Amblin Entertainment, 343 Industries, and Showtime were ordering a 10-episode first season. A Halo adaptation has been in the works before, with a planned movie that ultimately didn't happen in the mid-2000s. Peter Jackson was attached as executive producer and Neil Blomkamp was going to direct; however, the film, which was supposed to be a joint production between 20th Century Fox and Universal Studios, was canned. While the film may officially be dead, the TV series is very much alive... and moving forward.


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      Slashfilm, Showtime recently discussed the plan for the upcoming Halo TV series. Two of their biggest announcements was that the show was not going to be based on any story from the video games and that it wouldn't be airing until 2020. Although Master Chief will be a lead character in the series, President of Programming at Showtime Gary Levine stressed that it was important for the show to have a new story. When asked when fans could possibly be seeing Halo on TV, Levine commented, "It’s an enormous undertaking, so I would say probably in 2020".



      Anybody who has played the games knows that Halo has elements that could seamlessly translate to a movie or television show. Halo's lore is often made into books and comics, so there is obviously plenty of source material to pull from, especially for an operatic series that Showtime has in mind. It's worth noting that the network said the series won't be a direct adaptation of any one game, but that doesn't mean the story they're going with can't overlap or run parallel with the new series.

      Plus, it's unclear if the series' story will even exist in the same continuity as the games, similar to how 20th Century Fox's Assassin's Creed movie is referenced in Assassin's Creed: Origins. If they remain completely separate, then Showtime can retell Master Chief's story and the game franchise's interstellar war in their own way. In either case, Halo fans are undoubtedly excited to finally get a proper adaptation after all these years.


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      Pablo Schreiber Will Play Master Chief In Halo TV Series



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      Showtime’s upcoming Halo series has landed its Master Chief. Actor Pablo Schreiber, whose credits include American Gods, First Man, and Orange Is the New Black, will act in the starring role in Halo, Showtime announced on Wednesday.
      Master Chief is, of course, the primary protagonist of Bungie and 343 Industries’ Halo franchise. The 26th-century warrior will battle the Covenant, the alliance of alien worlds that threatens our future civilization, in Showtime’s original series.
      Schreiber, 41, an Emmy- and Tony-nominated actor, certainly has the height to fill Master Chief’s Spartan armor. He stands an impressive 6 feet, 5 inches tall — just fives inches short of Master Chief’s actual height, sans armor.
      Joining Schreiber in Halo will be newcomer Yerin Ha as a new character created for the series. Ha, who hails from Sydney, will star as Quan Ah, described by Showtime as “a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both.”
      Showtime is producing the series with 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television. Production is slated to being this fall in Budapest, Hungary.
      Halo will be executive-produced by Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) and Steven Kane (The Last Ship, The Closer), who will also serve as co-showrunners. Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror,Robin Hood) will direct the pilot and multiple episodes of the nine-episode series. Halo does not have a premiere date.

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      Halo TV Show Sets Main Cast, Will Premiere Early 2021 On Showtime




      The main cast of Showtime’s Halo series has been announced, showing a mix of familiar characters and names new to the franchise, along with news that it will premiere some time in the first quarter of 2021. It follows the announcement in April that American Gods’Pablo Schreiber will be playing the role of the iconic and stoic Master Chief.
      The series will follow the game series’ story of a war between humanity and the Covenant, an alliance of alien races bound by religious zealotry. Although attempts at a large scale adaptation of the games have been variously undertaken since 2005 (and been plagued by issues, like the exit of director Rupert Wyratt), the series has been brought to live action twice previously.Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a 2012 web series made to market the game and expand the appeal of the franchise to newcomers, as well as act as a bridge to a potential movie. A prequel story set prior to the games, it follows a group of cadets in a military academy that is attacked by the Covenant, and a cadet unsure of his calling, Thomas Lasky, is inspired after being saved by Master Chief. Halo: Nightfall was released in 2014 as a prequel to Halo 5: Guardians, relating a covert intelligence operation Jameson Locke went on prior to his augmentation as a Spartan.


      The series’ airing window in the first quarter of 2021 on Showtime and the news of the casting announcements for the Halo TV series comes from
      Deadline. Natascha McElhone will play the dual key roles of Dr. Catherine Halsey, the creator of the SPARTAN-II program that saw the creation of the first wave of active super soldiers which included Master Chief, and also the hologram interface of advanced AI system, Cortana. Bokeem Woodbine will play Soren-066, a failed Spartan candidate turned privateer operating on the fringes of human civilization. Shabana Azmi will play Admiral Margaret Parangosky, the ruthless and calculating commander of the naval intelligence branch of United Nations Space Command.


      Also introduced are some new Spartan characters specially created for the series. Bentley Kalu will play Vannak-134, who acts as the second-in-command to Master Chief. Natasha Culzac will play Riz-028, a cybernetically enhanced soldier. Kate Kennedy will play Kai-125, a soldier as courageous and curious as she is deadly.
      For Showtime's Halo series, it makes sense for Halsey and Cortana to be played by the same actor given that the latter as created via a clone of the former’s brain. Although given Cortana’s youthful appearance, it’s possible that de-aging technology will be used on McElhone when playing the AI. Having various Spartan characters created for the series could indicate that the lives of the super soldiers and their interaction with each other will be a significant part of the story, while the mention of Riz-028 possessing cybernetics suggests the existence of the SPARTAN-IV program within this Halo continuity. This could lead to the notion of the earlier generations of the super soldiers being considered obsolete, and internal discord adding further conflict to the sci-fi war story.


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