Bold Steps Taken For a Showtime Halo TV Series
Yesterday, it was announced that 343i is working with some incredible talent to bring an epic new story experience set in the Halo Universe, the Halo TV series. SHOWTIME brings its powerful legacy of experience in building stories for premium cable and together with Amblin Television and legendary storyteller Steven Spielberg, have been gracious partners in helping put together the right creative team to bring Halo to television. They have the experienced showrunner Kyle Killen (Lone Star) and blockbuster director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) on board, both of whom bring their own flavor of vision, intelligence, and voice to Halo. A strong and passionate team to collaborate with.
Now I agree that the biggest challenge will be finding the right balance between moments fans have already experienced and moments that have yet to be experienced through a different medium, perspective, or creative lens. It goes without saying that many Halo fans, like any other fandom, are difficult to satisfy. Some of them even still think the game’s story should have ended after Halo 3, as if the story ever gave any indication that that was the finish line. Some even detest everything having to do with the Prometheans, as if they are not a direct connection to the Forerunners. But then you have fans who are more appreciative of what lies beyond just playing the games. The extended universe has developed this story well beyond where it would have been capable of only through the game’s campaign. Stories adding depth to what goes on in the outer colonies, that created a whole conspiracies beyond the normal wars, which gave us proper introductions to our new Spartans, so much more that added adventure to the hunt for the mantle the Forerunners left to humanity. And even then there’s still so much more story to tell.
If a show had anything to do with the Prometheans or Forerunners, I wouldn’t mind at all. Some Halo fans have a problem with what they find familiar. Where everything has to focus solely on the Human/Covenant War. Even though that is a war which could only go so far before the fighting made no sense. Now is a great time to further prove why the Prometheans had their place in this story. They are a consequence of desperation to destroy the Flood, and a plague upon a world found unworthy of the gifts they were left.
Some fans will also be split upon what they find interesting about the new Spartan 4s, but no matter what they are the next step in evolution for humanity. The Spartan IIs were a good start, yet it was only a matter of time before someone took that leap to perfect the transformation (without casualty). Their story can provide excitement and more engagement than with Master Chief. A few probably will turn their heads at that statement, but it is honestly true because the purpose of the new Spartans is also to show the difference in being breed to become a Spartan and simply being transformed into one. When you are a 4, that means you still have your personality, attitude, everything that makes you an individual rather than a clockwork soldier. That is something we could stand to see more of, especially if you want the refreshing perspective that is regular people experiencing what it means to feel super.
With all of that set aside, I think that personally I wouldn’t mind something leaning on the horror side. As much as I might want something focused on current events, I can’t help but feel compelled by the idea that we could get a show focused on the madness of the Flood infection. Maybe from a more human perspective than anything else. It was easy in the game to arrive once the Flood had already spread to a place, but wouldn’t it be cool to see what happens before they got there?
At the end of the day, the choices are endless, and there is no wrong answer for the approach they take to this Halo TV series. And with Showtime? You know that this is not going to be low-budget either. We’ve already seen what they can do with smaller series like Forward Unto Dawn and Nightfall, so is there any doubt that they can’t outdo that work with something full-fledged?