As far as videogame franchises I’ve never touched in my life but still kept hearing about regardless, “Halo” is probably number one in the list. It’s been an influential mainstay in pop culture for years with multi-media franchise efforts adding to its legacy, and with none other than Paramount Plus series, Halo, contributing its payload to the fandom.
Actor Pablo Schreiber’s upcoming stint with sci-fi action series drama, Halo, is hailing a larger cast list as of Friday. The series will be based on the hit xBox game franchise and now signals acclaimed actress Natascha McElhone (Designated Survivor, Californication), Emmy nominee Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), acclaimed Indian actress Shabana Azmi (Fire), Bentley Kalu (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Natasha Culzac (The Witcher) and Kate Kennedy (Catastrophe).
Pablo Schreiber will lead the cast for Showtime’s upcoming 10-episode Halo series based on the popular Xbox game franchise. The Emmy nominee’s TV and film credits include such shows as Orange Is The New Black and American Gods, and films like 13 Hours and Christian Gudegast’s Den Of Thieves.
I’m not a gamer. Point in fact, the last time I owned a console was a Sega Genesis in the early 1990’s, so I won’t pretend to be at all familiar with the highly popukar sci-fi game Halo. However, as it stands, the game itself has been poised for sometime now to get its own live-action feature film for the past nine years, with the last known attempt to garner Elysium helmer Neill Blomkamp for its director.
In the meantime, we did get a cool little webseries back in 2012 via Machinima Prime called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, but since then, plans for the live-action film itself continue to sit in limbo. However, on Friday, the official word came that Xbox Entertainment Studios is currently heavy in talks to develop a potential TV series for Showtime, as well as Xbox Live for interactive viewers.
The series has reportedly become a high priority for studio president Nancy Tellem who has been working on the series with Steven Spielberg under his Amblin Entertainment TV banner for a little over a year now. This time, if all goes well, production will seek showrunners with Steven Spielberg executive produce from a script by Stuart Beattie.
This is kind of what I wanted to see happen with Mortal Kombat, which is also suffering from film development hell with a possible third webseason on the way (last I checked anyway, unless we’re still mistaken). But it’s good to see Halo making the rounds in the news this month for such a production. As a Showtime viewer, and someone who enjoys a good action series on cable, I’m all for it. But what do you guys think?
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