Is the Halo TV show in trouble? Maybe, maybe not as Variety reports showrunners leaving the project again. Steven Kane and Kyle Killen were attached as showrunners for the adaptation of the popular Xbox games into a live-action show on Paramount+. However sources for the trade report that Killen departed the project ahead of the start of production as he did not feel he could commit to being a showrunner. Kane then took over as sole showrunner on Season 1 of Halo.
However once Season 1 is finished, so is Steven Kane. Variety reports that Kane wants to get back stateside after such a long time shooting in Budapest. That means should Halo be picked up for a second season, they would be looking for a new showrunner again.
It would be fair to say that any and all Halo adaptations so far have met with problems. Frankly I can’t quite understand it as the Halo story is perfect for a movie or big budget TV series. Despite my thoughts it feels like Halo has supposed to have been coming for over a decade now. Yet still, all we have seen are a few stills of some armor.
I’m sure we will see Halo Season 1 eventually, but will it be any good? With so much talent leaving over the years on this project I just don’t know what to expect. The worst thing is that an adaptation should be relatively easy if the budget is big enough. The Halo novel The Fall of Reach is literally a Season 1 of a show in novel format and adapting a novel is not new for Hollywood.
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The far bigger challenge in my mind would be how to cover the events of the first game and still make it feel epic. After all, outside of Master Chief and Cortana there are not many characters given the spotlight within the game. There was a novelization of the first Halo game. However as someone who has read it, the book suffered from the same issues as I described above.
The Fall of Reach though? Easy to adapt for the right people in my opinion. Though, to be fair we have no idea whether this Halo show will follow the same story as the games and novels, or just use them as a guide to tell a new story? I think you can probably guess that in my mind changing the story too much would be a disaster.
However, Variety seems to think that Halo Season 2 will get the green light. They cite that too much money has been spent on development to not push ahead. I’m just worried Season 1 will be horrible and that will be the last time anyone attempts this adaptation. I hope I’m wrong, because the story of Halo really is quite stellar sci-fi, and if you liked The Expanse, you’d be surprised how similarly the Halo story begins. Though, once the Covenant show up though, the story of Halo starts to move in a very different direction.
Is the Halo TV show in trouble? According to Variety, no, however I have had my worries for for Halo for some time now and I’m less convinced all is going well.
Are you bothered by showrunners leaving Halo? As always, leave any thoughts below.