Halo 4 live-action Web series due this fall

Microsoft's biggest live-action investment <i>Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn</i> to debut on Machinima and Halo Waypoint ahead of new game on Nov. 6.

Gamers eager for Halo 4, the first franchise title since Bungie handed the reins to 343 Industries, won't have to wait until the game's November 6 release date to see the return of Master Chief. Hollywood news site Variety reports today that live-action Web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn will premiere exclusively on Machinima and Halo Waypoint in the weeks leading up to Halo 4's debut this fall.

A first look at Forward Unto Dawn.

The new video series represents the "largest investment" Microsoft has ever committed itself to in the live-action space, according to the report. Forward Unto Dawn will comprise five 15-minute episodes, released over a four-week period.

Episodes will focus on an original story concerning the series' iconic hero, Master Chief, and how he helped inspire a fledgling UNSC soldier to work his way through the program, and eventually command the UNSC Infinity spacecraft.

No director or actors have been named for Forward Unto Dawn, but more information is being readied for San Diego Comic-Con 2012 this July.

Forward Unto Dawn is not Microsoft's first dabble in live-action content surrounding the Halo brand. Previously, the firm commissioned Neil Blomkamp (District 9) and Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) to create several live-action shorts and commercials for Halo properties.

Though Forward Unto Dawn specifics are not yet being discussed, new Halo developer 343 Industries' director of franchise business management Matt McCloskey said the aim of Forward Unto Dawn was "to make Halo accessible for people who haven't played the games."

Forward Unto Dawn represents the "next step" for Microsoft and the Halo franchise, which could eventually bring Master Chief to the big screen, according to the report. A Halo film was originally planned, with Blomkamp attached to direct and Lord of the Rings filmmaker Peter Jackson set to produce. This project was later canceled, with Blomkamp and Jackson creating District 9 instead.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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ODST1
ODST1

Thi is going to be EPIC!!!

 

risingsunbronco
risingsunbronco

I so wish a Halo movie would get made.  I still think the movie industry completely undervalues the strong following from the gaming community. 

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

The movie was cancelled because Microsoft doesn't know anything about making movies. They wanted Jackson and Blomkamp to pay 1st class plane tickets for all Halo developers AND get at least $70 million of the profits. This is not how the movie industry works so Blomkamp and Jackson said screw this.

justinka777
justinka777

The worst thing they could do is give Master Chief a face. that would be like giving Link a voice, or having Ryu take his mask off..... oh wait someone already screwed that one up.

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

I wonder if because were going to be seeing chief from a third perspective, does this mean we get to see him without helmet?

namdar
namdar

Oh how I miss watching red vrs blue :P

jamesbigmac
jamesbigmac

@dnarox They never said Master Chief would be training him. They just said that the soldier was inspired by Master Chief. That being said, why can't they just make the movie already?

Derpalon
Derpalon

Oh FFS just make the damn movie already. Still, a live action web series is cool too...

dnarox
dnarox

ohh well its better than nothing...but not that exited about the storyline. masterchief training a soldier?...hmmm....will just have to wait and see

icetone
icetone

AWESOME Halo directed by Peter Jackson would of been even more epic though, o well STILL CAN'T WAIT even although I don't have a xbox 360 -_-

SPITUOUT
SPITUOUT

Get Joss Whedon to write the movie and it'll be awesome.

xgraderx
xgraderx

Love Halo live action.I still got hope for a movie.

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

Don't worry. If the Last Airbender proved anything its that a franchise can survive after an abysmal live-action movie that lost over 100 million bucks.

gamerxzx
gamerxzx

Believe me or not the image shown looks like the copy of that of crysis .

Famine_10f4
Famine_10f4

It wont be a movie... But dammit it will be as close as we'll get for now.

RPGFreak90
RPGFreak90

I'm excited, but also a little bit worried, too. Live-action videos and movies have a bad habit of ruining some of my favorite games.

Falcon2424
Falcon2424

With the previous Halo Live-Action advertisements done by Microsoft, I have no doubt the series will be great! However, getting the right people to make the perfect Halo film and not screwing it up (like Last Air Bender, Dragon Ball Z and others) will be incredibly hard. Nevertheless, it'll be awesome!

crashmer
crashmer

Great it'll make the wait a little bit more bearable! lol

u1tradt
u1tradt

75 minutes of live-action Halo? I'm pretty excited by this. If it goes well some big directors might finally show some interest in producing a Halo film.

droid76535
droid76535

i think when ever this great series end's :( i think we will be able to look back at one of the best series ever.just look at what it started as just another shooter on the pc and then it grew into one of the largest and most well known games ever.all most anyone who has played a game in the past 10 years has heard of HALO. and now with this live action series it is just adding more and more stuff to the halo universe that is not to mention all the books and machinamas that have come from this game and the couple of animated movies that are out there and it just keeps growing. can't wait for the live action series or the next enstallment in the series with halo 4 even if i do have some reservation about 343 taking over and some of the things thay are doing but i still think it will be great.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Awesome. Might not be a Halo movie, but perhaps that's for the best, seeing how most Hollywood blockbusters rarely match the exact tone or visuals of their source material. I'd like to see how this web series turns out, though.

Sharpie125
Sharpie125

That's awesome, really. While watching Game of Thrones, I got to wondering how the Halo extended universe might fare adapted into a big-budget television series. Hopefully the web series is well received.

Malscyllis
Malscyllis

343 really meant they are passionate about halo 4. Haters suck it.

Scorch_22
Scorch_22

Can I have the Spartan suit when they're done with the live action short?

Darth_Nater307
Darth_Nater307

Well, it's not that Halo movie everyone wants, but it's pretty darn close. Can't wait!

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

Sweet. What I really want in Halo 4 is a logical out come to the Humans/Covernant forming an allience against the flood after the event of 3... Ergo, that makes humans the newest member of the newly directed covernant (no longer misled by the prophets)... which means I want to fight side by side with Elites once more, jointly leading grunts, brusers AND UNSC marines into the fray... epic.

ERNieRN
ERNieRN

This hopefully will be very good. They (Microsoft) recognize this a premier property worth litterally billions. They can't afford to screw it up. The one concern i have is making it appeal to other audiences, i wonder if there will be enough meat there for hardcore fans. Ultimately it will be good tool for them to gauge receptiveness towards a movie and the potential investment (sure to be over 100million to be done right). As for the movies i truely hope that they look to the books for the story. There is a lot of depth there.

slicedbread117
slicedbread117

This is gonna be awesome. It reminds me of the good old days when Halo did a bunch of stuff to lead up to their massively hyped games and it made getting the game that much sweeter. So stoked for everything to do with Halo 4.

DanielL5583
DanielL5583

I want to say the series may end up better than the game, but I fear I may get torn to pieces.

AZE160
AZE160

Only series worth for watching even wid my slow 50Kbps net :D

dogman7
dogman7

5 episodes, 15 minutes a piece, sounds like we're getting that Halo movie after all.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

If they are good as the live-action ones for Reach, I'll be watching the ones for 4 regardless of my lack of interest in the game.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

I thought the Halo Reach live action trailers were excellent. I have no doubt Microsoft could dump a ton of money into this to make it great.

karloss01
karloss01

I rather gouge my eyes out then have micheal explosion touch the halo franchise.

TrueGB
TrueGB

 @TrickymasterAccording to an official announcement from Bungie itself, it was canceled because the studio overseeing the project pulled at out the last minute because of budget concerns. Which is to say, they wanted to produce a safe crappy $40mil movie instead of the $150mil epic we know Jackson would have done. Anything else is speculation.