Master Chief to be a lead character on Showtime's Halo show

Halo TV Series Will Star Master Chief, Is An Original Story

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Don't be surprised if you see some sort of fan campaign to push Downes to fulfill his Master Chief role on the show.

Showtime repeatedly touted Halo as a massive project during the panel, saying it would be the network's most ambitious show yet.

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.

Levine said that Master Chief would be "a lead character" in Showtime's Halo TV series.

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Halo fans can be rest assured that although the series will have a new story, the essence of the characters and the Halo universe will be untouched. "It is futuristic, space-based science fiction", said Nevins.

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. But now that we're in a new age of television, one that's bolder and willing to take on bigger projects, "Halo" seems like a ideal fit for a series. I think there's been one iconic franchise in my opinion in the history of television in that category and that's Star Trek. "Probably 10 or 12 of the top 20 movies of all time are futuristic sci-fi and, weirdly, television hasn't turned up those kinds of franchises".

Showtime's Halo TV series may begin production later this year, but it's not expected to premiere before 2020.

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. "It's going to be a big show".

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