“Forward Unto Dawn” new Halo 4 live-action series set to air on Halo Waypoint and Machinima
Well most of us weren’t holding our breath for a Halo movie again, but with Microsoft churning out live-action shorts and commercials to complement the games, its been a nice bit of added fluff to add some flavor and backstory. I mean c’com Red vs. Blue is launching its 10th season now on Memorial Day 2012! Here, you can check out the “Halo 4 Set.” Teehee.
Microsoft announced fans will be seeing a Halo 4 live-action web series that has been tentatively titled “Forward Unto Dawn,” set to air on Halo Waypoint and Machinima before the big launch of Halo 4 due on November 6. This is awesome as its based on the live-action play we’ve seen for Halo 3, ODST, and Halo: Reach!
This project is announced by the company to be the biggest investment from Microsoft in a live-action series to date. No details on cast or director until the International San Diego Comic Con in July at the big PR unveiling. Boo.
The story reportedly will glimpse at a flashback to Halo’s beginning in the Humans vs. the evil Covenant war. Master Chief will be the inspiration to a young UNSC cadet who follows his career and progresses to a leader on the UNSC Infinity spacecraft. This introduction of the new character will be in 15 minute installments over about 5 weeks.
“Forward Unto Dawn” will provide new all original material as demand has grown tremendously from the 2 previous vignettes produced for a exploration of Halo’s Universe. This is to be considered an origins story that reveals the universe for newcomers and as an enriching of the story to hardcore fans from a narrative standpoint. Its being said to stand on its own, and not be a marketing tool or just a commercial for Halo 4.
After 2007’s $300 million earned the first week of Halo 3’s launch, and the franchise (books, novels, toys, comics) reportedly earning $2 billion since its debut- maybe Universal and Fox will reconsider from when they pulled the plug on the feature movie to be directed by Neill Blomkamp (“District 9″) and produced by Peter Jackson.
I mean he seemed to do okay with them Hobbits!