The showrunner of the Paramount Plus series “Halo” would leave the series once Season 1 is completed. At one point, Steven Kane and Kyle Killen were both affiliated as co-showrunners on the show. According to reports, Killen left the project before shooting began because he thought he wouldn’t be able to provide full-time showrunner duties during the show’s Budapest shoot. Kane then took over as the showrunner in charge.
Season 1 of the show is now in production, and Kane is expected to stay on board until post-production. However, if the series is renewed for a second season, he will not return. Kane has spent the previous two years in Budapest and desires to return to the United States for personal reasons. Given the high-profile nature of the underlying IP and ViacomCBS‘ high level of commitment, the series appears to be headed for a second season.
When the series was officially ordered by Showtime in June 2018, Killen was the first person to be named as a part of it. In March 2019, Kane joined the team as a co-developer and co-showrunner. For years, a live-action version of “Halo” has been in the works. The series would feature “an epic 26th-century war between mankind and an extraterrestrial menace known as the Covenant,” based on the popular computer game franchise of the same name. Production on the nine-episode first season had begun in late 2019 before being forced to halt due to the COVID-19 epidemic. In February 2021, it was revealed that the series will transfer from Showtime to Paramount Plus.
Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, the famous main character in the games and a super-soldier created as part of the Spartan-II series, will be played by Pablo Schreiber. Dr. Catherine Halsey, the inventor of the Spartan warriors, will be played by Natascha McElhone. Jen Taylor will reprise her role as Cortana, the most powerful AI in human history, from the games. Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, Kate Kennedy, Danny Sapani, Olive Gray, and Charlie Murphy are among the cast members.
Showtime is producing the “Halo” series in collaboration with 343 Industries, the first-person shooter franchise’s video game creator. Steven Spielberg, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey will serve as executive producers for Amblin Television. One Big Picture will be executive produced by Otto Bathurst and Toby Leslie, with Bathurst directing numerous episodes. Chapter Eleven is executive produced by Killen and Scott Pennington, with Kane also serving as an executive producer. Executive producers for 343 Industries include Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor, and Bonnie Ross.