Follow Master Chief to Paramount+: Everything about the ‘Halo’ TV show
In a move that would cause Friends character Ross to shout “pivot” at the top of his lungs, it seems that the highly-anticipated Halo TV show, based on the popular game, will now shift from Showtime to the Paramount Plus streaming app.
This long in-development project, which was even tinkered with by Peter Jackson in the late 2000s, is finally back in production after taking a short pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, according to Deadline, ViacomCBS is shifting its gears from its original network Showtime to Paramount Plus, the recently rebranded streaming service. We all saw their 2021 Super Bowl commercial with Jersey Shore’s Snooki, right?
Now, with the news of this live-action Halo TV show switching platforms, fans of this anticipated series adaption won’t have to wait much longer to watch Master Chief kick some Covenant a$$ in the flesh. Let’s delve into the Halo TV show, Paramount Plus, and what we think of all of this!
Halo TV show
The upcoming Halo show will take fans back to the same world they first fell in love with back in 2001, an epic twenty-sixth century clash between mankind and an alien threat lurking in the shadows, known as the Covenant. The lead role of Master Chief will be played by Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is the New Black). Also joining the cast are Natasha McElhone (Californication), Shabana Azmi (Fire), and Bentley Kalu (Avengers).
David Nevins, the Chief Creative Officer of CBS & Showtime networks said the following about the upcoming Halo TV show:
“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. The story is about reclaiming what makes them human, and therefore it’s a very powerful story. This could be a defining series for Paramount Plus.”
As previously mentioned, Peter Jackson, the director of the acclaimed Lord of the Rings films, had been attached to this project for a number of years nearly a decade ago. However, due to budget constraints as well as other factors, Jackson ultimately left the adaption film of the popular game.
Today, in the form of a TV show rather than a film, Halo has reloaded its producing team with some all-star talent. Otto Bathurst, knowing for his directorial efforts on Peaky Blinders & Black Mirror will be helming the series, backed by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television.
In just about a week’s time, CBS All Access will officially become Paramount Plus, a rebranded version of the current streaming service that will kick-off on March 4th, 2021.
With franchises & assets from Viacom & CBS, Paramount Plus offers more than 20,000 episodes of television from popular name brands & networks, which include the following: BET, CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and Paramount Pictures. This explains that epic Super Bowl commercial last month, which saw familiar faces such as Dora the Explorer, Spongebob, Snooki, and Stephen Colbert scale a mountain.
The streaming service is expected to launch with two separate pricing tiers. The first will be ad-supported, offering subscribers most of the Paramount Plus library for just $4.99 per month. A more premium tier will consist of full access to the Paramount Plus library as well as access to live sports, all for $9.99 per month. More information regarding subscriptions is expected to be announced in the very near future.
How stoked are you about the upcoming Halo TV show? Will you be adding the Paramount Plus streaming service to your subscription bill? Which Halo game was your favorite growing up? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.