Thursday 25 February 2021

NEWS: In-production HALO TV series flips from Showtime to Paramount+

In a surprise move, ViacomCBS has flipped the in-production Halo TV series from its Showtime cable network to streaming service Paramount+ (a rebranded version of CBS All Access).

Halo has had an agonisingly slow development period, with Peter Jackson developing a feature film version of the video game franchise almost twenty years ago. The current iteration was greenlit in 2018 and began shooting in October 2019. Five episodes had been completed when production shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Production reportedly recently spooled up again for the final five episodes of the first season.

The move will likely frustrate Showtime execs and fans, especially as it comes after they reportedly had to abandon work on the Kingkiller Chronicle TV show - a prequel to Patrick Rothfuss's novel, The Name of the Wind - due to reported massive cost overruns on the Halo project wiped out their development budget.

Halo stars Pablo Shreiber as Master Chief, Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, Shabana Azmi as Admiral Parangosky, Charlie Murphy as Makee and Jen Taylor as Cortana. It is now expected to debut on Paramount+ in early 2022.

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