April 12, 2019
There’s a new Halo TV series based on the games that we all played back in the day coming out on Showtime.
Showtime’s upcoming and ambitious Halo TV series may take some creative liberty in adapting the popular first-person shooter series to the TV screen, or at least that’s what 343 Industries — the developer of the video game franchise since Bungie left it behind — has suggested during a recent panel at Reboot Develop. More specifically, 343 Industries’ Executive Producer, Kiki Wolfkill, talked about the Showtime series at one point, noting it’s respecting the canon established by the video games, but that doesn’t mean it won’t tweak things.
According to Wolfkill, while in the games we never see Master Chief’s face, this may change in the TV series, which would seemingly ruin the mystique of the character, but also may make relating to the faceless Spartan easier.
That’s a strange thing to say, considering that we know that Master Chief is White and that we’ve known that he’s been White for years.
From the Halo 4 prologue
If he were black, he’d be known as “Massa Chief” and there would be no confusion.
They’d have to make Sgt. Johnson White though to balance it out.
The producer also notes that smaller details — like, specific locations, dates, and character ethnic ties — may change depending on what makes more practical sense. That said, the producer and the team working on the series “want to respect the fans and what they love about the IP,” which seems to suggest drastic changes are off the table.
Sticking diversity into places where it doesn’t belong seems to have become the staple for the Western videogame industry.
No one is surprised by this anymore. But I can’t lie. It hurts every time that they do this.
I hope that they just change some secondary character. Or add an irrelevant character that wasn’t canon who they kill off quickly. That would be the ideal compromise scenario.
Making Master Chief a mulatto or something would just be too… well… anything is possible nowadays, I guess.
I’m calling on a moratorium on all new content based on existing content from the good old days. There is no remake that is worth the risk of ruining the whole series given the PC climate that we all find ourselves in now.