Master Chief to play important supporting role in “Halo” Movie

Yes, you read that right. Master Chief will not be the main character of the Halo movie. Yes, some of the bungie faithful are at a gasp right now. Here is how the information about Master Chief’s role was released.

N’Gai Croal of Newsweek sat down with Bungie writing director Joseph Staten to talk about what else? Halo. In the interview(which currently an except is just posted) N’Gai asked Joseph how will Master Chief mesh into a cinematic experience and do fans really want to see his face?(Paraphrasing).

Joseph came out with some revealing information:

I think what it boiled down to with the film was really a question of “Who is the main character of the movie?” Is it the Master Chief or is it somebody else? And over time I think everybody around the table agreed that the Master Chief is best left as the most important supporting cast member.


In the film, the other characters begin to comment on Master Chief’s anonymity, like “Who is he?” and “What’s his story?” He becomes a really wonderful source of mystery, a sort of anonymous problem solver. So we definitely worked on that. In the final version of the script the Master Chief was certainly absolutely critical to the film, but there were other characters around him which carried most of it, that did most of the emotional heavy lifting. The Master Chief was there in support of their story.

So, there you have it. Other characters will be carrying the weight of the movie’s plot but Master Chief will play a vital role in it. Is this what Halo fans want? At first I pictured the movie with Master Chief just gun blasting for two hours but this premise does intrigue me.

Exclusive: And The Winner For Best Supporting Actor Is…As Master Chief? Bungie Writing Director Joseph Staten Gives Level Up Some Insight Into The Stalled Halo Movie [newsweek]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

3 Responses

  1. As much as I love Halo, I think this is a good thing. And all you have to do to get an idea of what it would be like is to watch the Halo Diorama. The story is being told through the eyes and memories of soldiers who served with Master Chief and how he impacted the war. To me, I thought it was fantastic how they gave off reflection of battles and hopelessness and how he changed all that by never giving up. If you’ve ever spoken to veterans of World War 2 or other wars after then you know how they see the impact others made and not always about themselves. One of my professors in college was a First Lieutenant for the Army and served in WW2. His memories painted the war vividly for me. and that’s how it has to be in Halo.

  2. I don’t know. Master Chief not the lead? Oh noes, says my spidey senses, but then again it could work out fine.

  3. i think having master chief as the main role would be a horrible idea. u can hav a emotionless lead role… i think its smart what thier doing…but the question is….who will be lead role

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