The first major detail Showtime confirmed is that Master Chief will indeed be part of the show's narrative.
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The Television Critics Association summer press tour has been going on for over a week now and today Showtime finally got a chance to discuss its upcoming Halo series. He already is in both the games and the books.' And you'd be right, but it's not uncommon for adaptations to focus on other side characters or completely new ones, if the news about HBO's Watchmen or even some of Game of Thrones is any indication, for example. Showtime president David Nevins called it a "futuristic, space-based science-fiction" similar to Star Trek, adding that it was not fantasy. Levine said they worked specifically to hire a writer outside of genre, despite the show being firmly in the sci-fi camp. "Our hopes and dreams are this will have enormous appeal to the Halo fans and also appeal to the Showtime drama fans".
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. "Probably 10 or 12 of the top 20 movies of all time are futuristic sci-fi". I love Halo's iconography, though, and if Showtime wants to spend a bunch of money bringing it to live action, that suits me just fine. While that show capitalized on our desires for dragons, gratuitous nudity and long walks in the gardens, Nevins said the "Halo" show will do something different and target a genre often forgotten on TV.