Halo 4 trailer shows what a Halo film could be
Halo 4 is coming. Although I mainly play my PlayStation 3 because of the type of games and features available the XBox 360 is there for a couple of reasons and Halo is one of them. I've enjoyed playing all the Halo games and I was sorely disappointed when Hollywood couldn't get themselves sorted with Microsoft to make a film of the game.
I think now thought they may be too late to the game, if you'll pardon the pun, and Microsoft might well be pushing things slowly forward to the point where they can make a film of the game themselves, following in the footsteps of Ubisoft.
That idea took another step forward when the live-action trailer for Halo 4 was released just a few days ago and revealed that it was directed by Tim Miller and one of the producers behind it was none other than David Fincher.
Tim Miller is the Creative Director for Blur Studios, a visual effects company in California who recently completed that amazing opening credit sequence for the David Fincher film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Filmstalker review), they also are responsible for all the space sequences in Avatar (Filmstalker review) and are even expanding into creating a 3D experience for a ride in Dubai.
What they've managed to do isn't something new or unique, we've seen some Halo live-action filmed footage before, but what they have done is make it look extremely cinematic and dark, much more adult than some of the sections of Halo itself and shown that there's another look and style out there other than the one that's been seen to date, the District 9 (Filmstalker review) style, hand-held, in combat action footage.
"Master Chief's mind is violated by a powerful new enemy, who in searching for Chief's weaknesses, finds the source of his strength."
Another blurb for the game from Amazon.co.uk gives a little more:
"Set almost five years after the events of Halo 3, Halo 4 takes the series in a bold new direction and sets the stage for an epic new sci-fi saga, in which the Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe."
Okay I've made you wait long enough, here's the live-action trailer for Halo 4:
You see Hollywood, look what can be done. Okay it's still a combat sequence but I think the new Halo 4 game might change the pitch and concentrate more on the story which might show the appeal of the Halo universe a little more.
I wonder though if Microsoft has already chosen their direction, and if Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed does take off as they hope having just pushed it forward on their to-do list, will they decide that a Halo live-action film is something that they can do on their own? The elements are all there, the stories, the animated series are about to be seen, as is the live-action series, and the new story rich game about to be released.