A new Halo: Nightfall feature release is coming in March
We may not be any closer to that elusive and long hoped for Halo movie, but Microsoft has given us what is arguably the next best thing: live action Halo webisodes. And now the newest of those projects, Halo: Nightfall, is getting a new life as a video-on-demand feature release.
The first live action Halo series, Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, released online in 2012 and acted both as a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved, and as an introduction to characters seen in Halo 4. It was a hit, and won several awards. It is now available on sites like Netflix, were it is presented as a single, feature length film. The follow-up was greenlit soon after, produced by Ridley Scott.
Halo: Nightfall takes place between Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, and introduces the character of Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter). Locke will be a playable character in Halo 5, and the new series debuted as a bonus for those that purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection. It then came available on the Xbox One and PC via the Halo Channel app. The five episodes range in length from 23 to 29 minutes each.
According to Polygon, the series will now be released as a single, feature length film, to be released as a digital feature on March 17, and it will be presented as a VOD in both DVD and Blu-ray format. No word yet on how much it may cost.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Set between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, Halo: Nightfall tells the dramatic story of legendary manhunter Jameson Locke (Mike Colter) and his team as they are caught in a horrific biological attack while investigating terrorist activity on the distant colony world of Sedra.
Check out the trailer for the re-release below. Even if you aren’t into Halo, having Scott’s name attached should be enough to get most people interested. It also stars Colter, who you will probably be seeing a lot more of soon, once he makes his debut as the Marvel character Luke Cage, in the Marvel/Netflix TV show, AKA Jessica Jones. He will then star as Cage in his own show.