Halo is a very popular series of video games, currently owned by Microsoft under the stewardship of 343 Industries, though begun by developers Bungie. If anyone has played the games or reads any of the accompanying books, then you’ll be aware that this story is ripe for being turned into a live-action series of movies or a TV show.
The problem is that so far, no one has actually managed to get this off the ground, with scrapped movie projects and severe delays in the TV project that was announced years ago now, I did wonder if we would ever see this go into production. However, recently it does seem like things have been moving along and Showtime have been telling us this is going to happen.
Previously it had been suggested by Showtime that the series would not be covering the territory of the games, which did worry me slightly as the first game is where the meat of the story really opens up. My worry was that they would set the series around other characters and not feature much of protagonist Master Chief aka Spartan 117 aka John.
A report by THR yesterday though says that Showtime will be revolving the show around Master Chief and are looking to cast an actor in the role who matches the physical attributes of the most famous Spartan super soldier. The report also states that Showtime is looking to cast an actor in the role of Doctor Catherine Halsey, creator of the Spartan super soldier program. Lastly, that they want to cast a younger Asian actor in the role of ‘Jenny’ this is reportedly a new role for the show and not someone fans would recognize from the games or books.
The outlet also theorizes (and I agree) that if Master Chief is going to be a series regular, then they really have to dispense with the game mechanic of us never seeing his face. Never before has adult Master Chief’s face been shown in any medium, but if we are going to have him as a major star of the show, then I feel this does have to change, and fans will just have to accept this change.
It is interesting that the outlet says the actor they want for Catherine Halsey would be between 55-65, they don’t have to stick to the plot of the games and books, but I would have guessed them going for a younger Halsey to really begin the story at the start and not mid-way through? Halsey was still relatively young when she first found John and his fellow Spartan children, whom she then proceeded to kidnap and expose to dangerous experiments and training, which killed or permanently disabled many of the children.
If anything I would have thought that Showtime would initially try to adapt a cross between the two novels The Fall of Reach and First Contact. The Fall of Reach is a fantastic book and would be ripe for an adaptation. Whilst the latter book is not quite as interesting there are events which happen within it that could be interspersed with the former to give a great story arc for the TV show. However, this would require a younger child version of John and the other Spartans (initially) and definitely a mid to late thirties version of Dr. Halsey.
In conclusion, it means even a big fan like me can’t really guess as to exactly what we are getting with this Halo series. But hopefully, it won’t take too long to find out as production is slated to begin next June in Budapest. Kyle Killen will serve as executive producer, writer, and showrunner on the series.
Any Halo fans here, if so what kind of stories would you like to see them adapt here, start at the beginning or pick up part way through the war? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place below.
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