Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Trailer Revealed, Makes Me Pine For The Jackson/Blomkomp Movie

Posted by on July 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

Hesitant recruit looking for Master Chief for inspiration. PST.

One of the most disappointing non-events in the past decade of gaming was that the Peter Jackson-produced/Neil Blomkomp-helmed Halo film fell right through the cracks. Microsoft disappointed everyone because they just wouldn’t foot the bill for the project themselves (despite sitting on billions of dollars in cash reserves then and now), expecting other studios to put up the funds for the project’s big budget and then agree to an intensely binding creative vision that Bungie and Microsoft would oversee. Well, no one bit (at least not for long) and that project, along with years of progress and millions of dollars invested, flushed right away in an instant. I hate Microsoft for it. But, it seems Microsoft has been infatuated with that dream ever since…

As a lead up to Halo 4’s big release, Microsoft unveiled the trailer for the live-action series Forward Unto Dawn. It’s stuff like this that allows me to tuck away my Halo fatigue and despite the trailer’s lack of Metroid influence (this takes place during the Halo 2/3 timeframe), it looks like another decent addition to the universe. While the Halo film died, the series has been injected with live-action promotion for every installment since. It’s unfortunate that aside from the Believe campaign, they lack the creative throughput of the Halo 3: Landfall shorts (which served as a prototype to the film), appearing too much like Syfy Channel work or a car commercial, but I suppose the creatives do what they can. I just wish Microsoft would stop using their foot as a doorjamb and just commit to the cinematic Halo universe once and for all.

In the meantime, enjoy the trailer!

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