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This Halo: Nightfall Trailer Brings Death To All Of Us

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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.

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Comic-Con 2014 Panel Vids For The Walking Dead, Interstellar, And More

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Comic-Con-LogoAnother massive installment of San Diego’s Comic-Con International has come and gone, leaving the fans to disperse to the four corners of the Earth, laden down with bags of swag. Of course, many people didn’t get to go this year, and there are even more who’ve never been to Comic-Con at all. Thankfully, this is the internet age, so even if you weren’t amid the throngs last week, you can still experience some of the awesomeness via the slew of panel videos that have popped up online.

These don’t give you the visceral thrill of being in the middle of 6,000 cheering geeks in Hall H, and you’re not going to get to see the really cool stuff like that Avengers 2 footage, but many of the panel discussions and Q&A segments are available online to watch in full. Check out the ones we found below, and if you want to recreate the experience more fully, feel free to watch them while crowded into a tool shed with 30 or 40 strangers. But you have to wait in line for 12 hours first.

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First Halo: Nightfall Trailer And Stills Source Elements From Hell

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Fans are still no closer to getting a feature-length movie adaptation of the best-selling Halo video games, but they’re a couple of live-action adaptations that should do a solid job of filling that Halo-shaped hole in their hearts. Both bring along some star power, to boot. Steve Spielberg is teaming up with Showtime and Xbox Live for an upcoming series, and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free productions company is hard at work on the digital series Halo: Nightfall. Just the other day we got our first look at Nightfall, but it didn’t take long for them to get back at it with a new trailer and a ton of new images.

This trailer is quick and to the point, setting up the main problem of the series when it debuts this fall. The setting is grim and gritty, and the situation is dire and bleak, as the main characters need to track down the source of an element that only kills humans. Whatever it is, it is sourced in a place that “no one will go,” and some say that it is sourced from hell itself, which is never a good sign.

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Halo: Nightfall Serves Up First-Look Pics From Ridley Scott’s Digital Series

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Nightfall4In 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.

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Comic-Con 2014: 14 Things To Do And See On Wednesday & Thursday

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WedThursComic-Con 2014 is only a week away. Thousands of fans and professionals will descend on San Diego and bury it in a thick coating of nerd several feet deep. There’s really nothing else like it, but the more years pass, the more overwhelming the Con becomes. There’s so much going on, it’s a monumental task just to figure out which of the countless panels and events you want to try and see. Well, we’re here to make your life just a little bit easier. Over the next couple of days, we’ll run down all the panels that should be at the top of your to-do list. Today we’ll start off with the events for Wednesday — “Preview Night” — and Thursday.

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Halo: Master Chief Collection Upgrades Series To Next-Gen For A Mere Sixty Bucks

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E3 — or the Electronic Entertainment Expo, for those who aren’t into the whole brevity thing — is in full swing in Los Angeles this week, giving gamers a peek at what they’ve got to look forward to in the next year or so. The next installment of the Halo franchise was expected to put in some sort of appearance, but yesterday fans of Master Chief got a lovely surprise with the revelation that Halo 14 are being updated for Microsoft’s Xbox One next-gen console…and you’ll be able to get the lot of them for no more than it would cost to purchase a brand-new game. You can see the snazzy debut trailer for Halo: The Master Chief Collection above.