Halo TV Show Will Feature Master Chief as a Lead Character in a New Story
In late June, US cable and satellite network Showtime announced that a Halo TV show is in development and its first season will consist of ten episodes.
Now, as reported by IGN, Showtime’s President of Programming Gary Levine and President and CEO David Nevins shared more details about the upcoming Halo TV show during the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. First of all, they clarified that Master Chief will be among the lead characters, which will obviously pose a challenge of sorts since his real face is a secret to this day.
Nevins then declined a direct comparison with HBO’s Game of Thrones.
It is a very different genre, it’s futuristic, space-based science-fiction, it’s not fantasy. 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 added that this will be a new story, though Showtime is working with 343 Industries to make sure the canon is fully respected.
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 is a new story but we are being incredibly respectful of the canon and working with the Microsoft 343 people to be sure we don’t violate any of that.
The show isn’t in production yet, so it will likely be a while before it’s released.