It’s just been announced that the character of Master Chief will be the main protagonist in the upcoming Showtime series, Halo.
For those of you unfamiliar with the game, the universe is set in the midst of a futuristic interstellar war between humanity and an alien race, “The Covenant” and supersoldier MCPON Jhon-117 aka “Master Chief”, is part of a group of supersoldiers known as The Spartans who try to fight off the threat.
Showtime’s President of Programming, Gary Levine stated that the series is an “enormous undertaking” and that it will be shot it “multiple locations,” as well as on “foreign planets,” allowing viewers a similar experience to that of playing the game itself. When questioned about whether or not the series will be similar to HBO’s Game of Thrones, Showtime President and CEO David Nevins quickly put that thought to rest:
“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 while the series will be its own origin story, they are attempting to stay as true to the game as possible while allowing themselves room to be creative and expand the world. “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. Our hopes and dreams are that it will have enormous appeal to Halo fans and will also appeal to Showtime drama fans,” Levine said.
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Halo is currently slated to air on Showtime in 2020.