Showtime has been working on a Halo series and a new interview has finally revealed some more details about the project. The network has revealed that Master Chief will be the lead character in this series. He will definitely be a part of the show’s narrative even though he won’t be the only lead in the show.
Showtime president of programming Gary Levine revealed to IGN in an interview that Master Chief’s identity and the reason why his face isn’t shown is “a key question and an important part of our series.”
The upcoming series is an original story that will be set in the Halo universe. The story will take place on multiple planets and it’s not an adaptation of any of the games or books. It’s a big project for the network as Levine referred to it as Showtime’s “most ambitious show ever.”
The studio deliberately decided to not use an experienced sci-fi author for the script. “We made a conscious decision to hire a writer not known for sci-fi and not known for big battle movies, because that’s already baked into the Halo franchise and we will service that,” according to Levine.
It took the network quite some time to find a good script which is one of the reasons for the delay, according to Showtime president and CEO David Nevins. The series is being produced by Steven Spielberg and is expected to air in 2020.