After years of hellish development, a failed film project, and production impacted by the global pandemic, Halo finally arrives on Paramount+ in March 2022. The adaptation will tell the Halo the video games story of a war between humanity and aliens, but with a different timeline that deviates from canon. In a recent in-depth interview, the Halo the creators detailed how the story of the TV series came to be after more than 265 script drafts.
The creators of the “Halo” adaptation avoided an exact recreation of the video games
Halo started in 2001 with Halo: Advanced Combat on Xbox, a first-person shooter where players controlled a super-soldier named Master Chief. From there, the Master Chief story continued through more than a dozen main and spin-off games. In addition to games, Halo the franchise offers novels, graphic novels, anime series, and more. Halo cannon even further. So the Paramount+ series had plenty of source material to work with.
Talk to Variety, Halo Executive producer Kiki Wolfkill said the series started out as something that “would be very closely tied to the game”. However, there was much greater potential in widening the barrel wider. So they focused instead on the world of Haloits characters and their stories.
“We haven’t watched the game… haven’t talked about the game,” added showrunner Steven Kane. “We talked about the characters and the world. So I never felt limited by it being a game.”
Steven Kane says he wrote over 265 scripts for ‘Halo’ season 1
When it came to writing Halo Of the nine episodes of Season 1, Kane said he spent two years on the process. By the time he finalized the story, the Halo TV series had gone through hundreds and hundreds of script drafts. Steven Spielberg, who had worked on Halo since 2013, has been involved at every stage. According to Kane, they had to find the right amount of “Halo mythology” to incorporate.
“There are characters that are mentioned once in a book that I was able to give a whole backstory to, and other characters that were already well written that I just had to skip over,” Kane said. .
At the end, Halo has become “a story of [Master Chief] discover their own humanity.
‘Halo’ follows a ‘Silver Timeline’ that breaks from canon
Earlier this year, Halo Developer 343 Industries has teased the TV show’s “Silver Timeline,” which includes events fans haven’t seen in video games. In one blog post, the studio said it will “protect the integrity, simplicity, and future of the main canon.” However, at the same time, it allows the adaptation to break free from the limitations of the games.
Jen Taylor, who voiced the Cortana AI in the Halo games and will reprise his role on the show, assured that the show will “always be familiar” to longtime fans.
“It feels familiar and different at the same time,” she told Variety. “I hope people will be thrilled about it. Do you want it to be exactly like you’ve played it before and seen it before? I’m not sure. It’ll be interesting to see how the fans react to that.
Halo premieres on Paramount+ on March 24.
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