The original composers of the first game, Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, have issued a lawsuit against Microsoft. As reported by Eurogamer, an injunction might be filed which could hinder the launch of the forthcoming adaptation.
Halo TV Show Premiere Might Get Delayed Following Composer Lawsuit
O’Donnell and Salvatori are claiming Microsoft breached several actions by not paying the artists their fair share of royalties. Reportedly, they had no numbers of how many tracks and units were distributed, raising concerns to whether they've received the accurate amount:
We started getting kind of suspicious because we were like, 'I think the Halo 2 soundtrack really sold a lot, but we don't have any numbers that show how many units were sold.' How many digital downloads happened on Amazon or YouTube or iTunes? We have no numbers.
The lawsuit has grown since its inception in June 2020, as the two composers are planning to block the launch of the Paramount+ show. The two are deciding whether to issue a preliminary injunction, which would hinder its premiere:
This Paramount thing just showed up on TV and Mike and I felt pretty disrespected. Having a connection to ancillary revenue from exploiting the original Halo music is exactly what this contract is all about. Since we filed two years ago they've continued to ignore the terms. Now, they're about to broadcast the Halo TV show and are using our monk chant (calling it the theme to Halo) to also advertise and solicit subscriptions for Paramount+.
The chant O’Donnell and Salvatori are referring to appears in the show's most recent trailer, displaying a varied rendition of the monk and "der der der der" rhythm fans know well.
Whether the injunction comes to fruition, we’ll have to wait and see. But this is clearly a big issue that could harm the Halo brand moving forward, especially with the bright futures planned for Infinite and the TV show.