It was revealed by Showtime’s President of Programming, Gary Levine, that the one and only Master Chief will have a starring role in the upcoming Halo TV series.
While it was confirmed that Master Chief will have a lead role in the upcoming Halo series, he will be no means be the only protagonist on the show. It was further revealed that the series will take place in multiple locations as well as on foreign planets, which means we’ll be doing a lot of intergalactic travelling. Showtime President and CEO, David Nevins, unveiled a bit more about the project, stating that it is a very different genre to the very successful Games of Thrones series.
“It is a very different genre. It’s futuristic, space-based science fiction; it’s not fantasy,” he explained. “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 also commented on their conscious decision not to hire a writer who is specifically known for their sci-fi writing credentials.
“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. 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.”
It’s comforting to see that Showtime seems to be respecting the universe’s lore and more importantly the source material as Levine confirmed that they are working together with the Microsoft 343 people, in order to do the source material justice.
The series is set to premiere sometime in 2020 and has yet to begin production. The script is being penned by Kyle Killen with Rupert Wyatt set to direct multiple episodes of the first season. Hopefully, the show is everything fans have hoped for and then some.