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.
Colter told Movieweb that he wasn’t a Halo fan prior to landing the role, but he was impressed by Scheuring’s script, which he calls “incredibly gripping.” He was also intrigued by the nature of the project itself, saying:
It was a new medium for me. Who would the audience be? How would they access the series? Fortunately, ensuring accessibility to a broad audience is one of the things that Scott Free TV and 343 values first and foremost. Not only does Halo: Nightfall cater to the hardcore Halo fans, but it’s also designed so newcomers to the franchise, like me, can easily enter the Halo universe, identify with the characters and be entertained by the story being told on screen.
He also told Movieweb about one of his favorite Nightfall shooting experiences:
My favorite experience thus far would be shooting a scene in Belfast where I’m chasing an enemy who poses a serious threat to the people Agent Locke has sworn to protect through the city. The scene is an action-packed sequence that involves some cool special effects and a lot of coordination with the stunt team to fulfill the director’s vision. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.
You can check out the rest of the Nightfall pics below.