Master Chief Only a Supporting Character in Upcoming Halo Movie?

masterchief1-1.jpgIf you were going to make the Halo movie, which character would you make the story revolve around? If you said, “Master Chief,” then you are incorrect, sir. According to a recent interview with Joseph Staten, Bungie’s writing director and author of the book Contact Harvest, the current script has the infamous Spartan in more of a supporting role to the other characters.

“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.”

Staten also described the difficulty of having an entire film carried by a guy whose face is never seen. For now, it seems the Chief has been written as someone shrouded in mystery, but whom all the other characters look up to. It sounds kind of like the “Landfall” short video that was released a few months back, which was pretty awesome. Still, not having the main character of the games as the main character in the movie seems a little odd. I mean, that’s like making a Street Fighter movie and making it more about Guile than Ryu or Ken…oh.

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On January 16, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Well, I can imagine a good idea would be to have some sort of telling of the original Halo activation use, before moving to ‘modern day’ and even then, Master Chief didn’t always have the most exciting adventures…surely?

Still, I’m game.


On January 16, 2008 at 4:40 pm



On January 16, 2008 at 4:45 pm

This could still work, if the right people are behind it

Anime Girl

On January 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm

I just read the Harvest Halo Book, and if that is the story they were going to make into a movie, it makes sense that Master Chief would not be in it, because the Master Chief wasn’t even in the book! It tells the story of the beginning of Halo – how humans and the covenant go to war. This preceedes the creation of the Spartans and precedes Master Chief. The main character in the book is Staff Srgnt Avery Johnson.


On January 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I’m not sure if this is right or not. The last time I checked, Staten wasn’t involved in the writing process for the movie. I could be wrong though.


On January 16, 2008 at 11:58 pm

From a writer’s perspective, I sort of guessed this is how it would/should go… From when they announced a Halo movie, I thought about how, though he is incredibly awesome, Master Chief isn’t much of a character at all. You can’t make him the main character. Instead, you should have a protagonist with Master Chief as his supporting character. This doesn’t mean that Master Chief wouldn’t steal every scene that he was in (it would be obvious that MC would probably have more balsy action attributed to himself), but the story itself just can’t revolve around Master Chief. I love Halo, but Halo fans need to understand that Master Chief is, at best, a great avatar for the player to experience the world of Halo as. But you’d need someone else to be your main character; someone who would be in awe of the things that Master Chief is capable of. I guess in american storytelling, we don’t usually look at things this way, since our heroes are Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger… they usually ARE the indestructable badasses who take everyone down themselves. But I think if they are serious about making a Halo movie, they would have to change that.


On January 17, 2008 at 12:36 am

And if they do it that way, it will be the success of the movie. The fact that it’s different from the norm like other movies that surprised by their diverging from the norm.

Teh Kambinox

On February 19, 2008 at 11:34 pm

After reading all the Halo novels released, so far, I’ve slowly but surely come to realize that regardless how hard Master Chief (S-117) brings the awesome, he really is just a small part of the vast universe Bungie has created with Halo. “Contact Harvest” was a great story completely devoid of any Spartan involvement. I think that would be a good starting point for a series of movies. Let’s face it, I think I speak on behalf of all Halo fans out there when I say I want more than one movie in the long-run. Another good story to bring to the screen, in my humble opinion, would be along the lines with “The Fall of Reach”. Maybe not necessarily go all the way through it, but linger more on the Spartan program and ultimately tell the tale of who and what our hero REALLY is. To those who have only played the games he’s probably just some schmuck with fancy armor that enhances his physical prowess. For those who have gone a little farther than that and read the book he’s SO much more. I don’t know, the possibilities are legion. All I can say in the end is that I’m glad I’m not assigned the task of deciding what story to go with and adapting it for the screen. I just hope it rocks my face clean off. UNSCDF, fools!!1


On November 29, 2008 at 4:22 am

i think master chief should be in the movie depending on the scene. i would love to be in the movie but i’m only 11.