Secret Hideout will be joining the production of Showtime’s upcoming series adaptation of the Halo game franchise.
Halo is an upcoming live-action science fiction television series based on the Halo franchise on Showtime. The series will focus on the 26th-century war between the United Nations Space Command and the alien Covenant. You can read the series synopsis below:
An epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
On May 21, 2013, it was announced that Steven Spielberg was executive producing a television series adaptation of the Halo video game series with Xbox Entertainment Studios through his production company Amblin Television. In 2014, the production moved to the cable network Showtime following Xbox Entertainment Studios’ closure. It remained in development at the network for almost four years. On June 28, 2018, it was announced that Showtime had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of 10 episodes, which was later reduced to 9 episodes and now 6 episodes.
Secret Hideout is a film and television production company founded in 2014 by Alex Kurtzman. In 2018, they signed a new deal with CBS Television Studios to expand the Star Trek franchise with new incarnations. Secret Hideout is currently working on around 10 to 15 different Star Trek projects for ViacomCBS, with all of them being in different states of development, pre-production, and production. It looks like ViacomCBS is a big fan of Alex Kurtzman’s work, as his output deal with CBS Television Studios recently was extended.
From what I understand, the current cut of Halo season 1 is basically just a collection of scenes. There is no coherent story. Kurtzman intends to fix this through rewrites, reshoots, and additional filming. During the coronavirus lockdown, Secret Hideout worked on re-editing everything that has been filmed so far. They are planning to film the final episode of the season in Ontario, with reshoots following soon after. Additionally, scenes featuring extras will be filmed in Budapest, Hungary. Having personally read the pilot script, I was not a big fan of it. Some very uninspired yet daring changes were made to the lore of the Halo franchise. The Illuminerdi has written an article dedicated to the changes made in the pilot script of the Halo show.
The series is set to be written, executive produced, and showrun by Kyle Killen, with Steven Kane as co-showrunner. It was originally announced that executive producer Rupert Wyatt was set to direct several episodes of the first season, though Wyatt has since stepped down as a director and executive producer due to scheduling issues that arose out of production delays. The cast consists of; Pablo Schreiber, Yerin Ha, Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy.
Principal photography began in October 2019. Previously, I revealed that Showtime’s Halo show temporarily moved production to Ontario, Canada. The series is scheduled to premiere in the first quarter of 2021.