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.
Nightfall revolves around the story of Commander Jameson Locke (Mike Colter, Salt, The Good Wife), and takes place between the events of Halo 4 and the upcoming Halo 5: Guardians, in which Locke plays a key role. (It also stars Christina Chong, who appears in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.) Locke is a surgically enhanced soldier and rising star in the Spartan army, and he and his men explore a “strange and treacherous world exposes elite UNSC operatives to a much deeper danger.” That sounds, and this certainly looks, promising.
In addition to Scott, working through his Scott Free Productions company, David Zucker is on board in a producing capacity. Paul Scheuring, creator of Prison Break, handled the scripting duties, and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Falling Skies, Battlestar Galactica, as well as a ton of other TV work) takes the helm.
The new series will be available starting on November 11, and there are a couple of ways to procure this. First is through the Halo Channel, but it will also arrive with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection when that drops the same day, and which is now available for pre-order.
I’ve never played the games, but for those of you who have, does this look like it fits in with the overall world? Does it capture what you want out of a live action adaptation of Halo, or do you hope they keep trying?