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.
Written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring and directed by Falling Skies vet Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, the action is set between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians. Nightfall is set up as an origin story for the protagonist who will go on to fill the main role in the upcoming Guardians. Here is the official synopsis:
Halo: Nightfall introduces a pivotal new character, Jameson Locke [Mike Colter], a legendary manhunter and agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), Earth’s most powerful and secretive military branch. When he and his team are caught in a horrific biological attack, they unravel a plot that draws them to an ancient, hellish artifact, where they will be forced to fight for their survival, question everything, and ultimately choose between their loyalties and their lives.
Nightfall will premiere later this year in pieces that will ultimately be collected to form a feature length film, so it’s almost like a true Halo movie.
343 Industries also released a ton of new stills from the digital series, which show off the grim setting and atmosphere. You also get to see Colter in action as Locke, as well as the parkour-practicing Christina Chong, who you may remember was recently added to the cast of J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. There are a lot of tough looking folks toting big guns around dangerous environments, and that all adds up to a pretty good time in our book.