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“Didn’t Look At The Game”- Halo Tv Show’s Creator Steven Kane Talks About The Game’s Influence On Live-Action Adaptation

The screen adaptation of the popular video game series Halo will soon debut on Paramount+. The show features Pablo Schreiber in the lead as the Master Chief. Several reports about the show reveal that it strays away from the concept followed by the video game. Moreover, it was previously revealed that the show will follow a story that’ll not take many pointers from the game series. Recently, showrunner Steven Kane opened up about how the video game has very little role to play in the show’s course.

HALO: The Tv Show’s Team Talk About The Game’s Influence On The Adaptation

Pablo Schreiber plays the lead in the series
Pablo Schreiber plays the lead in the series

Recently, there were reports that the makers have decided on major changes in the show’s concept compared to the games. Steven Kane talked about the game’s influence on the show. “We didn’t look at the game. And we didn’t talk about the game. We talked about the characters and the world. So I never felt limited by it being a game,” he said.

However, the lead Pablo Schreiber shed light on the fact that the character’s existing backstory helped him get it right. “The richness and the depth of the universe was immediately kind of mind-boggling,” explained Schreiber. “And incredibly exciting, because what it means as a storyteller is that there’s already been a huge amount of preparation and groundwork.” 

Major Changes That The Screen Adaptation Will Have

Cortana from the games and the show's Cortana
Cortana from the games and the show’s Cortana

The changes made by the show’s developers haven’t been wholly accepted by the audience as yet. And they’ve expressed their discontent about major lapses. Recently, reports surfaced that the Master Chief will remove his helmet in the show, fully revealing the series protagonist’s face. This information didn’t sit too well with the viewers who voiced their opinions online. However, executive producer Kiki Wolfhill was quick to cover up the decision.

“With the television series, we want to take you on [Master Chief’s] journey and let you experience, as a viewer, his story and evolution from an external, subjective viewpoint; for that, it felt important to see [Master Chief] outside of his armor,” he said. Moreover, Wolfhill also reflected on the changes they’ve made to one of the major characters Cortana.

The show has toned-down Cortana to a more human-like form. Contrastingly, the gaming version of Cortana was a glowing, blue-skinned AI. This decision also messed with the audience’s expectations from the much-anticipated show. Wolfhill, regarding Cortana, shared, “In this situation, it’s so very different from the games in that [Cortana] has to feel real… She has to feel like a real AI, a real hologram, and be a character that real people are acting against.”

Halo, the series premiers its pilot episode on March 24 on Paramount+. There are conceptions built by the audience around the series, not all of which are positive. Nevertheless, the makers and Paramount are confident about their rendition of Halo. Recently, it was revealed the show has been renewed for a second season. However, in the following season, showrunner Steven Kane will be replaced by David Wiener.

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