Master Chief Confirmed To Be Main Focus In Showtime’s Halo Series
Just a few months ago, premium cable company Showtime announced that it had finally dusted the cobwebs off its Halo TV series and put an order in for 10 episodes. Since then, fans have begun to speculate what exactly a live-action drama series centered around one of Microsoft’s most beloved properties would look like. Thankfully, Showtime has finally begun to lift the curtain and reveal some details about the upcoming show.
In a recent interview with IGN, Showtime President of Programming Gary Levine revealed that Master Chief himself will be “a lead character” for the show, with the Halo TV series being an “enormous undertaking” and taking place in “multiple locations” on “foreign planets.”
While speaking at Showtime’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Levine and Showtime President and CEO David Nevins also discussed how Showtime approached the series, revealing that it took quite some time for Showtime to to get a script they liked. “It is a very different genre, it’s futuristic, space-based science-fiction, it’s not fantasy,” Nevins said. “It took us a long time to get the script but we felt like we had something that was really interesting and felt like it belonged on Showtime in terms of its character depth, and it’s gonna be a big show.
Levine then revealed that Showtime chose to seek out a writer that wasn’t necessarily known for sci-fi or large-scale battles. “We made a conscious decision to hire a writer not known for sci-fi and not known for big battle movies, because that’s already baked into the Halo franchise and we will service that, but we also wanted to ensure that we were getting beneath the formidable armor of the Spartans and really getting inside the team drama so it felt like it belonged on Showtime,” Levine said. “As David said, our hopes and dreams are that it will have enormous appeal to Halo fans and will also appeal to Showtime drama fans.”
Of course, the reveal that Master Chief will play the lead role in the Halo TV series also makes us wonder how Showtime plans on handling that ‘always wearing a helmet’ shtick our favorite Spartan is so well known for. According to Levine, that particular aspect “is a key question and an important part of our series, is all I’ll say.” Well, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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