Speaking with the Television Critics Association, Showtime has shared some more details about the Halo television show.
The show will be directed by Rupert Wyatt with writing duties going to Kyle Killen.
Rupert Wyatt is known for directing the excellent Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the highly acclaimed television series based on The Exorcist. Great chops there. Kyle Killen is a television screenwriter who’s worked on MInd Games, Awake and Lone Star. Not very sci-fi huh? That was on purpose.
Levine spoke on this to the TCA: “We made a conscious decision to hire a writer not known for sci-fi or big battle movies because that’s already baked into the Halo franchise and we will service that but we also wanted to make sure we were getting underneath the armor of the spartans to the human drama, so it felt like it belonged on Showtime. Our hope is it will appeal to Halo fans and Showtime drama fans.”
I’m sure we can all get behind that.
The show isn’t based on any events in the games but instead is an all new story in the Halo Universe.
As tantalizing as it may be for many fans to see iconic events in the Halo mythos come to life in live action (but still mostly CGI) it’s not the direction for the show. The series will instead focus on a totally new adventure.
The show’s main character is Master Chief aka John 117.
An odd but welcome announcement. It’s odd because MC has very few spoken lines in the games and has never actually shown is face… Ever. Some argue the same can be said about Darth Vader but Vader wasn’t the main character in his film trilogy. So how will it work to have your main protagonist mostly silent and sealed in a mask? In past Halo productions Chief was either not the focus or had very strong characters around him at all times to expound when he does not. How it will be handled in this show we do not know yet.
We likely won’t see it until 2020.
The Halo television show has been splashing around in development hell since 2013 when Steven Spielberg announced he would be overseeing an original series based on Microsoft’s IP. It’s been passed around different writers and producers through the years but Showtime has finally cemented the project and are giving it time to be produced properly. 2020 may seem like a long time away but seeing how the series had been written off by many to be dead, it doesn’t seem as long as “never”.