Halo star Pablo Schreiber talks about adapting franchise protagonist, Master Chief for television.
The live-action Halo series seemed like it’s been in development forever. Originally a live-action adaptation was set to be produced by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson and helmed by Neill Blomkamp. The project eventually fell apart due to budging issues and the two went on to do District 9 instead. Now, at long last, a live-action adaptation of Halo is set to make its debut later this year with a second season already in development. One question that has been brought up with the series is how does one adapt Master Chief for a live-action medium?
When the Halo franchise was first conceived most first-person shooters typically featured mostly silent, faceless protagonists. While Master Chief spoke, he didn’t say a lot and wouldn’t become a more three-dimensional character until later installments. However, the character would still mostly be used as a player insert character which makes adapting the character difficult. It’s a challenge that star Pablo Schreiber fully acknowledges.
In the series, Pablo Schreiber plays Master Chief; a super-soldier who battles an alien force known as The Covenant. While speaking to Deadline, Schreiber talked about bringing the character to live-action and how it has to differ from the original version:
“When you’re talking about Halo, you’re talking about a first person shooter video game where you’re asked to be Master Chief. So its a character that’s vague… because you’re meant to fill out all the places that are unfilled in that character with your own personality. Now we’re making a television show, and we’re tailoring the entertainment to the medium, and its very important to get to know you’re character and empathize with your character for long-form television.”
Here is the synopsis for Halo:
Dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant, Halo the series will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.
The Halo series stars Pablo Schreiber as John-117/Master Chief, Yerin Ha as Kwan Ha, Natasha McElhone as Catherine Halsey and Cortana, Bookeem Woodbine as Soren-066, Shabana Azmi as Margaret Parangosky, Bentlet Kalu as Vannak-134, Natasha Culzac as Riz-028, and Kate Kennedy as Kai-125. Rupert Wyatt will direct multiple episodes of the series, and he will executive produce alongside Steven Spielberg, Kyle Killen, Scott Pennington, Justin Falvey, and Darryl Frank.
Halo is currently scheduled to premiere on March 24, 2022, exclusively on Paramount Plus. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming series and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.