Halo TV series showrunner on why seeing Master Chief’s face is important to the story

Halo TV series
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Halo showrunner Steven Kane has explained the reasons behind seeing Master Chief’s face in the upcoming Paramount Plus series during a new interview with SFX Magazine.

"We’re going to tell a story about the man inside the helmet," Kane says. "If you read a book about the Master Chief, and there are many, they talk about him so you’re getting inside his head in a way that you wouldn’t get from playing the game. If you can give people that privileged point of view, why can’t you let them see his face?"

Master Chief, also known as John-117, has almost always kept his helmet on and his face covered in the video game series. The more introspective story of the Spartan (played by Pablo Schreiber in the TV show) has dictated a shift in thinking on the creative team’s part.

"The series is not about the game version of Master Chief," Kane continues. "It’s about the character of Master Chief in a three-dimensional, cinematic world. We leaned into it as heavily as we can, because doing a story about Master Chief’s humanity required you to get under the helmet. It became part of the structure; form and content went together."

Halo is set to premiere on Paramount Plus in the US on March 24. UK details currently TBC.

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Tara is the NYT bestselling author (or co-author) of 30 movie and TV companion books including the upcoming official history of Marvel Studios. She's also a freelance journalist with bylines at print and online publications such as: SCI FI Magazine, Total Film, SYFY Wire, Today.com, Fandom, Fandango/Movies.com, Fancast, Newsarama, Star Wars: Insider, Walking Dead Magazine, Star Trek Magazine, LOST: The Official Magazine, Alias Magazine, 24 Magazine, and VFXWorld.com. She is also the U.S. Editor for the world’s premiere sci-fi/fantasy publication, SFX Magazine. She is the host and producer for SYFY Wire’s official podcasts for USA Network’s, Colony, HISTORY's Project Blue Book official podcast, and the Lost retrospective, Through the Looking Glass co-hosted with Maureen Ryan.

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