Fans of the mammoth, best-selling video games have been waiting for a live-action Halo adaptation damn near since the first one appeared in 2001. Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) and Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings) tried to bring one to the big screen for a few years in the mid-2000s, but that never materialized, and fans have had to content themselves on webseries like 2012’s Forward Unto Dawn. We still aren’t much closer to a proper movie, but we’re about to get the ambitious digital series Halo: Nightfall, and now there’s a new trailer for you to check out.
Executive produced by Ridley Scott, this is the highest profile Halo adaptation to date, and the director’s aesthetic fingerprints are all over what you see in this footage. Nightfall definitely borrows rather heavily from the Alien and Prometheus playbooks, with caves, tight corridors, technology, and the overall sci-fi gothic feel and appearance going on here. From what we can see in this sample, the emphasis is more on mood and tension rather than straight up action, which is something we can appreciate. Production design wise, all the way down to the special effects, this looks like a solid package.