While it won’t go into production until next year, Showtime just dropped quite a bit of interesting information about the TV adaptation of Halo they’re currently developing. What’s more, when pressed during a small group interview after the Showtime panel, Levine added that Chief would be a lead character on the show. Longtime fans of the Halo franchise might find that odd, given that Master Chief has never shown his face. What other TV shows feature human characters that remain faceless? However, according to Levine, the issue of Chief never unmasking is central to the show. With credits like the TV show Lone Star and the movie The Beaver to his name, he doesn’t immediately sound like a likely candidate for the adaptation. As Levine explains, “We made a conscious decision to hire a writer not known for sci-fi and not known for big battle movies or anything. Because that’s already baked into the Halo franchise and we will service that. But we also want to ensure that we get underneath the formidable armor of the Spartans.” Given the detailed world Showtime is attempting to build with the show, Levine says the best bet for when Halo will debut is “Probably 2020.”.

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