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Halo TV Series: Master Chief Will Be a Character


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isn’t envisioned to be Showtime’s Game of Thrones. “It’s our Halo,” counters network programming chief Gary Levine.


Appearing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday, Levine and Showtime Networks president/CEO David Nevins reiterated their stance that the recently announced, live-action adaptation of the Halo videogame — the killer app for the original Xbox, as Halo: Combat Evolved — is no less than the premium cabler’s “most ambitious series ever.”


As a TV series, Halo will dramatize “an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant,” weaving “deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future,” the network previously said.

At TCA on Monday, Nevins further described the Halo series as “futuristic, space-based science-fiction” in the vein of Star Trek. “It’s not fantasy.”


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.

Nevins, though, said that he feels about Killen the same way that he felt about Homeland‘s Alex Gansa before that series became a hit (and is now entering Season 8). “His moment is coming,” the exec avowed.


Plus, Showtime made “a conscious decision” to enlist for Halo writers “not known for sci-fi, not known for big-battle movies,” so as to “get under the armor of the Spartans” aka the supersoldier space Marine characters.

Meaning, yes, franchise front man Master Chief will be a character on the series, Nevins affirmed.


On track to premiere in 2020, Halo is not in production yet, though Showtime brass have seen scripts, Nevins said. And at first blush, he believes the ambitious series “will have enormous appeal to Halo fans and also appeal to the Showtime drama fans.”

[url]https://tvline.com/2018/08/06/halo-tv-series-showtime-master-chief/

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Reply #1 posted 08/07/18 3:32am

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Really looking forward to this. Halo was one of the first non Nintendo games I ever played. I don't like those kinds of shooting games normally but the story is too good to miss out on. It would be kind of cool if they got Nathan Fillion to reprise his role from the games in this new show too.
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Reply #2 posted 08/07/18 5:52am

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EmmaMcG said:

Really looking forward to this. Halo was one of the first non Nintendo games I ever played. I don't like those kinds of shooting games normally but the story is too good to miss out on. It would be kind of cool if they got Nathan Fillion to reprise his role from the games in this new show too.

I think Halo (pt.1) was the first video game I ever really played from beginning to end, because before that I wasn´t really into videogames and never owned a console up until that point.

As far as the story goes, I found it very confusing. I mean the more Halo games I played, the more confusing it got but I still like the story. Maybe I just didn´t pay enough attention to the story.

I guess they´ll need to trim it down a bit for TV because it´s just a tad too complicated for those who haven´t played the games.

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Reply #3 posted 08/07/18 6:05am

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My son will be SOOOOO excited about this! Though he plays Destiny now, but Halo was a mainstay for awhile.

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Reply #4 posted 08/07/18 7:08am

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KoolEaze said:



EmmaMcG said:


Really looking forward to this. Halo was one of the first non Nintendo games I ever played. I don't like those kinds of shooting games normally but the story is too good to miss out on. It would be kind of cool if they got Nathan Fillion to reprise his role from the games in this new show too.

I think Halo (pt.1) was the first video game I ever really played from beginning to end, because before that I wasn´t really into videogames and never owned a console up until that point.


As far as the story goes, I found it very confusing. I mean the more Halo games I played, the more confusing it got but I still like the story. Maybe I just didn´t pay enough attention to the story.


I guess they´ll need to trim it down a bit for TV because it´s just a tad too complicated for those who haven´t played the games.



I always had the Nintendo consoles as a kid (and I still do) but my brother gave me his old xbox 360 after he got the Xbox One. Given that I'm not really "a gamer", I deliberately seek out games that have good stories and I essentially treat them like TV shows. Halo was one of the first ones that I got really invested in. I've personally never found the story to be confusing but then again, I pay more attention during the cutscenes than I do during actual gameplay so that probably explains that.

I wonder if this new show will be a retelling of the game's story or if it will exist alongside the game series.
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