When it involves adapting a online game right into a live-action journey, it is a difficult proposition. After all, it’s a must to create one thing a mainstream viewers can put money into whereas ensuring followers of the supply materials are happy. Bargain bins are stuffed with examples of films that missed the mark, however Showtime is betting it may proper the wrongs of earlier variations with its upcoming Halo TV present.
Speaking to press on the TCA press tour, Showtime Networks co-president Gary Levine revealed casting bulletins for the character of Cortana, among others, and detailed how the present plans to attraction to followers of the Halo video games. “The good news is we’ve been working very closely with 343 [Studios] through the entire development process,” he defined. “And they are there both as a resource to tell us stuff we don’t know and also to make sure we’re not violating anything big in the canon. So we’re doing this with total confidence that the fans are going to embrace what we’re doing.”
He additionally famous that whereas the graphic content material of the present will likely be alongside the traces of what is seen in different Showtime series–“PG-13,” as he put it–“violence is going to have consequence.” When it involves a warfare between the USNC and the Covenant, that is reassuring to listen to.
The massive query stays whether or not we’ll see Master Chief’s face on the brand new present, although. When GameSpot asked Levine about it a year ago, he teased Chief’s potential unmasking as “a key question and an important part of our series.”
While Levine nonetheless will not reveal whether or not viewers will see the character’s face, American Gods alum Pablo Schreiber has been cast in the role. What that in thoughts, we requested what made the actor such an excellent match for a doubtlessly faceless half. “What I love about Pablo is he has the physicality to be a Spartan, to be Master Chief,” Levine defined. “But he is A: a great dramatic actor and B: he’s got such a twinkle in his eyes. [He’s] so good with wit and comedy. And we want the Master Chief to have that range. And Pablo brings the range.”
It’s nonetheless too early to inform, on condition that Halo would not start manufacturing till the autumn. Our cash’s on Chief taking off his masks to point out viewers that “twinkle in his eyes,” although.
Halo is scheduled to debut on Showtime in 2021.
Disclosure: Showtime is owned by CBS, the mother or father firm of GameSpot.