In addition to continuing to expand the best-selling series, the Halo franchise has put out some truly stellar cinematic trailers over the years, a phenomenon that culminated with the release of the live-action Halo: Forward Unto Dawn web series back in 2012. We still haven’t gotten a big-screen Halo movie yet, but we are getting something almost as good: a one-two punch of a Steven Spielberg Halo series for Showtime/Xbox Live and Halo: Nightfall, a live-action digital series from Ridley Scott’s Scott Free production company. Now we’ve got a first look at four pics from Nightfall, as well as further details about the series.
Written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, Nightfall stars Mike Colter — the intimidating fellow up top — as a Naval Intelligence Officer named Jameson Locke. He and his team are sent to investigate terrorist activities on a colony world, but instead discover an ancient artifact of some sort. Nightfall is set between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, and Locke will apparently play a significant part in the story of that game. As with Forward Unto Dawn, Nightfall will premiere in short segments that will combine to create a feature-length film. It’ll be released on Xbox Live, and will later be bundled with this fall’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which releases on November 11. Nightfall is directed by Falling Skies veteran Sergio Mimica-Gezzan.