With the highly anticipated Halo TV series launching on Paramount+ on March 24, IGN will be showcasing exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming adaptation of the iconic Xbox franchise throughout the week. Today, we find out how the visionary team behind the ambitious sci-fi series took Halo from console to TV show.
In the summer of 2021, we visited the Halo Season 1 set in Budapest, where we spoke to 343 Industries’ Kiki Wolfkill, showrunner Steven Kane, production designer Sophie Becher, and more on the challenges of adapting this massive video game franchise. into a tangible TV series for fans and newbies.
“What we’re really hoping to do is deliver a story in a way that we can’t deliver in the video game.” Kiki Wolfkill informed IGN. For the full interview and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Halo TV series, watch the video below or at the top of the page:
Wolfkill went on to describe how the series will be able to focus on different emotional aspects of Master Chief that we don’t often see in games.
“Being able to spend nine hours with Master Chief and the people around him, and seeing him in action like we experience him in games. But also being able to spend more time with him in those quiet moments, in which he’s trying to find his path to follow in a different way than when you inhabit his in-game armor,” Wolfkill said.
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Showrunner Steven Kane discussed the main themes of the early seasons and balancing new ideas with what we’ve seen in the games before.
“We work head in the helmet with 343 [Industries] to craft the stories so that we can both take advantage of everything people love about Halo and serve it up while taking it in new directions,” Kane explained. scenarios that are part of the Halo universe, but they are new. We really wanted to explore, ‘If you’re willing to save humanity, how much of your humanity are you willing to risk in the process?’ This is the central theme that we explore in the first season.”
For more on the upcoming Halo TV series, find out how much Steven Spielberg was involved in the production, why we’ll see Master Chief’s face, how the show’s timeline is still rooted in canon, and our review of the premiere of the Halo series, titled “Contact.”
And be sure to catch the Halo series premiere when it hits Paramount+ on Thursday, March 24.
David Griffin is the TV streaming editor for IGN. Say hello Twitter.