Usually when spin-offs are made, creators usually focus on side characters and stories. Thankfully this isn’t going to be the case with the upcoming new Halo TV series because Master Chief will reportedly be the main character going forward.
As reported by IGN, Showtime President of Programming Gary Levine, says the new Halo TV show will be out sometime in 2020 and that it will be an “enormous undertaking”. It sounds like Showtime will be allocating a lot of time, money and effort into the new series.
Showtime President and CEO David Nevins also commented on what we can expect to see in the show. You can read both Nevins and Levine’s additional comments about the Halo TV show posted below.
“It is a very different genre, it’s futuristic, space-based science fiction, it’s not fantasy,” Nevins pointed out. “It took us a long time to get the script but we felt like we had something that was really interesting and felt like it belonged on Showtime in terms of its character depth, and it’s gonna be a big show.”
“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, but we also wanted to ensure that we were getting beneath the formidable armor of the Spartans and really getting inside the team drama so it felt like it belonged on Showtime,” Levine added. “As David said, our hopes and dreams are that it will have enormous appeal to Halo fans and will also appeal to Showtime drama fans.”
Showtime does not feel there is any difficulty in having Master Chief as the main character. They are welcoming the challenge of a main character having his face behind a mask all of the time.