Though Halo's Master Chief's face is never seen in the games, he'll be a lead character in the show, Showtime Programming President Gary Levine told IGN. With credits like the TV show Lone Star and the movie The Beaver to his name, he doesn't immediately sound like a likely candidate for the adaptation.
Kyle Killen (Lonestar) will serve as the writer for the show, in addition to executive producing alongside Steven Spielberg.
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. But we do know the series will not be an adaption of previous Halo stories, instead focusing on an entirely original story from a writer with little sci-fi credentials.
Showtime CEO David Nevins added that he has already read Killen's scripts for the show which he praised for establishing a "brilliant, expansive world" which may be Showtime's "most ambitious series ever".
Fans may be anxious that the show will contradict the lore in some way, but Levine assured that they are "being incredibly respectful of the canon and working with the Microsoft 343 people to be sure [they] don't violate any of that", despite the fact that they are creating a new story and not adapting existing material.
"It is a key question and an important part of our series is all I'll say", he teased.
"I think it's a very different genre. Our hopes and dreams are this will have enormous appeal to the Halo fans and also appeal to the Showtime drama fans". "Probably 10 or 12 of the top 20 movies of all time are futuristic sci-fi".
"But we also wanted to ensure that we were getting beneath the formidable armour of the Spartans and really getting inside the team drama so it felt like it belonged on Showtime", said Levine. "It's going to be a big show". But now that we're in a new age of television, one that's bolder and willing to take on bigger projects, "Halo" seems like a flawless fit for a series.
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