Microsoft Explains Alien Director Ridley Scott's Contribution to Halo: Nightfall
Scott is not Nightfall's director, so what is it that he does?
Street Fighter 6 - Thea Trinidad | Real Time Commentary Feature Free PS Plus Games For February 2023 Leak | GameSpot News Avatar Generations Official Launch Gameplay Trailer Destiny 2 Lightfall Weapons and Gear Official Trailer The Last of Us Episode 3 Breakdown: Frank & Bill’s Love Story, Social Reactions The Last of Us' Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin on Creating Frank and Bill's Love Story Street Fighter: Duel is coming to App Store and Google Play! The Crew Motorfest Reveal Teaser Trailer Cyberpunk 2077 | 4K NVIDIA DLSS 3 Comparison MY HERO ULTRA IMPACT New UR [Golden Chance] Katsuki Bakugo PV JETT: The Far Shore and Given Time Launch Trailer SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake | Release Trailer
Halo: Nightfall is, alongside Steven Spielberg's Halo TV project, one of two projects with a major Hollywood name attached to it. Ridley Scott, best known as the director of Alien, Blade Runner, and Prometheus, has his name all over Nightfall, but as an executive producer, it's unclear to outsiders what he actually does.
That's a subject Eurogamer raised with Halo franchise development director Frank O'Connor, who was hesitant to go into detail, but did offer some sense of Scott's contribution. "He's there when we're building the story, he's there when we're breaking the script, he's there when we're picking locations, he helps with casting," he explained. "I don't want to get into this but he has strong opinions about things--most directors do."
Despite Scott being best known as a director, Nightfall is being directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, who has directed episodes of Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, and Falling Skies. And it's Mimica-Gezzan whose vision is being realized with Nightfall, according to O'Connor. "[B]ut Ridley carries a big stake and gets input on things," he said. "I'm not going to pretend [Scott's] footprints and fingerprints are all over it, but it's a small organization with a lot of collaborative creatives."
That small organization O'Connor is referring to is Scott Free Productions, Scott's production company that is responsible for Nightfall. And although he might not be hands-on with every aspect of the project, O'Connor was willing to share one specific thing Scott did, which was move the filming of a particular scene. O'Connor said this "completely changed one aspect of the story which I won't go into."
Nightfall is the episodic series that will debut later this year for those who purchase Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It stars Mike Colter as Agent Locke, the character we saw in the original teaser image for Halo 5: Guardians. You'll be able to unlock "meaningful" rewards in the Halo 5 beta by watching Nightfall, which will lead directly into Halo 5's story.
Image source: Wikimedia
The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.