Master Chief is the Lead Character in Showtime’s Halo Series

Master Chief is the Lead Character in Showtime’s Halo Series

In case you missed the news yesterday, Showtime's forthcoming series based on Microsoft's Halo games is moving along beautifully now that Master Chief has been confirmed to be a big part of it. He also briefly addressed the question about whether Master Chief's face would be seen on the show, since it has been hidden in the video games. According to other individuals working on the show, the network is aiming to air the series in 2020 and it's being labeled as its "most ambitious series ever".

That said, this is going to be an original story set in the Halo universe, and not an adaptation of anything in the games or books.

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. Though that's incredibly far from being a done deal, as the show hasn't started production yet and special effects will no doubt take a long time to add. "It is futuristic, space-based science fiction", said Nevins.

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Kyle Killen will serve as executive producer (as will Steven Spielberg), writer and showrunner, which on the surface seems like a curious fit, given his previous TV credits: Lone Star, a drama about a Texan con man leading a double life, and Awake, in which a widower toggled between two realities.

However, as Levine explains, "We made a conscious decision to hire a writer not known for sci-fi and not known for big battle movies or anything. Our hopes and dreams are this will have enormous appeal to the Halo fans and also appeal to the Showtime drama fans".

Even though Downes hasn't said anything, fans have expressed their desire to see him come on board the project. It was a long time to get the script where we felt we had something really interesting and felt like it belonged on Showtime in terms of its character depth.

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