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Master Chief is confirmed to star in Showtime’s Halo series

Master Chief is confirmed to star in Showtime’s Halo series

Speaking at the TV Critics' Association summer press tour, Showtime President David Nevins called the Halo series his network's "most ambitious series ever", and noted that it will be set on multiple planets.

Longtime fans of the Halo franchise might find that odd, given that Master Chief has never shown his face.

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".

Master Chief will be a main character in the upcoming Halo TV series on Showtime, it was revealed yesterday.

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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. "[That] is a key question and an important part of our series, is all I'll say." offered Levine.

One comparison the show keeps being drawn to is GAME OF THRONES, which began as a popular series of fantasy novels and blew into a major franchise after becoming a series on HBO. 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.

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). Nevins said he thinks it "will have enormous appeal to Halo fans and also appeal to the Showtime drama fans".

I've been around these streets long enough to have heard about all the attempts to bring "Halo" the big screen, only to have those dreams turn into ash like a Marvel character. I guess looking back on it, it would be insane for the Halo series to NOT include the most famous Spartan space marine.


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