‘Halo’ TV Series Debuts First Trailer at The Game Awards
The big live-action Halo project is finally a reality. The upcoming TV series for Paramount+ has just debuted its first trailer during The Game Awards.
It’s been an amazing couple of months for Halo fans — Halo Infinite released its separate, F2P multiplayer component earlier than expected and ahead of the campaign launch, on November 15, and the single-player story itself debuted this week to universal acclaim. Now, Microsoft and Paramount have jumped on Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards train to unleash the first, long overdue trailer for the show. Check it out below before we dive into the details:
— Halo on Paramount+ (@HaloTheSeries) December 10, 2021
Despite countless bumps along the road to the big and (later) small screen, the story of Master Chief, or at least part of it, is almost ready to recruit new fans. While the TV series hasn’t been nearly as expensive to make as other sci-fi television projects, it’s reportedly costly enough. The brief previews already promised a faithful recreation of the games’ visuals and overall tone, and this trailer doesn’t disappoint. Let’s hope the writing feels stellar too.
Entertainment Weekly had the chance to sit down with Pablo Schreiber, too. He’s filling Master Chief’s massive armor, which isn’t an easy burden to carry nor a lightweight task. The American Gods star described the whole ordeal as tough, but he’s also glad he took the role:
“It’s a huge job, from setting the tone on set down to the grueling task of waking up at the crack of dawn to work out, then go to shoot, and go home to work out some more. Nothing about it is easy, and I wouldn’t want it to be.”
He also commented on how much the show has taken from the games and how much of its DNA is brand-new:
“It takes place very much in the universe that the video games created, but it’s a it’s a TV show. We get to expand that universe and create stories in it. There’s going to be some new characters that are introduced, there’s going to be a lot of familiar characters that everyone will know from the game.”
It’s hard to deny video games have recently found more success with animated TV adaptations than big-screen productions, but it’ll be interesting to see how a massive live-action TV series fares. If anything, Halo will have more time to build its world and develop more characters than just Master Chief and his AI companion Cortana.
Pablo Schreiber stars in the series as Master Chief, the iconic main character in the games, a super soldier created as part of the Spartan–II program to turn the tide against the Covenant, a theocratic hegemony made up of multiple alien species. He’s joined by Natascha McElhone, Jen Taylor (reprising her role from the games as the AI Cortana), Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray, and Charlie Murphy.
The Halo series is being produced by Showtime with 343 Industries, the video game developer behind the first-person shooter franchise originally created by Bungie. Amblin Television is also producing, with Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey serving as executive producers. Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie executive produce for One Big Picture, with Bathurst (Peaky Blinders, His Dark Materials) also directing multiple episodes. Killen and Scott Pennington executive produce for Chapter Eleven, with Kane also executive producing. Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor, and Bonnie Ross serve as executive producers on behalf of 343 Industries.
Halo will land on households in 2022, but doesn’t have a concrete release date as of yet.
Francisco J. Ruiz is that guy who has watched Jurassic Park a thousand times and loves Star Wars. His hunger for movies is only matched by his love for video games. He graduated in English Studies from the University of Malaga, in Spain. As he keeps writing about what he enjoys (and doesn’t) for websites all over, he’s continuing his studies.