Among the numerous game properties in development at the moment Paramount's Halo live-action series is one that a lot of video game fans are excited about. The show is expected to premiere next year on Paramount+ and is promising to bring a new side to the character of Master Chief that could not be developed in the game series so far. Halo's iconic protagonist has been a fan favourite since the release of the original game back in 2001, and as Kiki Wolfkill - 343 Industries head of transmedia - discussed in an interview that there have been some challenges in bring the character to life in non-animated series.
Speaking to IGN, Wolfkill commented on the lead character and the effort that has gone into building the persona outside the suit rather than the one known to gamers who spends his whole time in it.
"Probably the biggest challenge with adapting the game is, the game is designed to put you in Chief's armor," Wolfkill said. "What we're asking people to do with the show is sort of sit back, and we're going to present a side of Chief that you just don't get to play in the game."
It appears from other comments that it is not just the character that provides some headache when it comes to developing a game into a TV show, but Wolfkill was quick to say that there can be "no room to panic" when looking at the many factors to be considered throughout the process.
"For me, what gets me through it is focusing on where we need to get to, right? And focusing on what we want to be able to devlier and why," Wolfkill said when talking about the stresses of working on the show. "The 'why' of it is really important. For the television series, we want to be able to do something new in Halo, and we want people to be able to experience it differently, and there's such a responsibility, and there's also just the personal, you know, drive of wanting to create something amazing. And you bring all those things together, and there's sort of no room to panic."
The series has already had a few bumps in the road with both co-showrunners Steven Kane and Kyle Killen leaving the project back in June, although at the same time it was reported that despite the first season not being due to air until next year, a second season was already seeming likely.
The show has been in production for a long time to make it to this point, and Pablo Schreiber has been set to appear as Master Chief since 2019. A number of other cast members were announced in August 2019 including Natascha McElhone, Bokeem Woodbine, Shabana Azmi, Bentley Kalu, Natasha Culzac, and Kate Kennedy.
There have been a few brief glimpses of what the show is going to look like, including some character and prop designs, but nothing like a final production yet. There is also no current release date announced, but the Halo series is currently expected to arrive on Paramount+ next year.