The live-action Halo TV series coming to Paramount+ has had its second season confirmed. The news comes well in advance of the premiere of the show’s first season and speaks volumes of the confidence that the streaming service has. Halo developer 343 Industries, which also serves a role on the show’s production, confirmed the news:
“In advance of the debut of the Halo television series on March 24, Paramount+ has confirmed that the show has been renewed for a second season! We’re excited to say that Season 1 of the upcoming series featuring Pablo Schreiber as our hero the Master Chief Spartan-117, Natascha McElhone as Dr. Halsey, and Jen Taylor as Cortana is just the beginning.”
The production companies involved already had plans for several seasons for the series, but with the second season a lock, they’ve secured David Wiener, best known for his work on Fear the Walking Dead and Brave New World, to take the helm as executive producer and showrunner. The previous showrunners were Kyle Killen (Wild Bill, Mind Games) and Steven Kane (The Last Ship) and shepherded the first season into existence.
Setting aside the confidence of the show’s creative and executive leadership, there have been concerns regarding the show’s impact on the Halo canon in the books as well as the games and how it would fit into the entirety of the core series. Our own Phil Corpuz has written about the “Silver timeline,” the code name for a new line of canon unique to the series. Says Kiki Wolfkill, head of transmedia for Halo at 343 Industries:
“We’re referring to this as the Halo silver timeline – as a way of differentiating it from core-canon, and both protecting core-canon and protecting the television story… and by that I mean giving ourselves the chance to evolve both for their mediums, without colliding with each other.”
The Halo live action series will premiere on Paramount+ on March 24, 2022.