Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Get 12 issues from just £25
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Leonardo DiCaprio Moves To The Crowded Room
He'll produce and may star in the true-life tale
James Franco In Talks For Why Him?
Could he be the boyfriend from hell?
Kristen Stewart On For Kelly Reichardt's New Drama
She'll play a lawyer
Adventure Time Heads To Cinemas
Finn and Jake go big (screen)
Meet Lady Penelope And Brains In New Thunderbirds Are Go! Images
Parker, fetch the Rolls...
Focus Is Sharp At The Top Of The US Box Office
The Lazarus Effect arises in fifth
More Movie News

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn Debuts Online
The first episode of the game adaptation

05 October 2012  |  Written by Ali Plumb  |  Source: Machinima

submit to reddit

Microsoft and 343 Industries are doing something altogether different to promote the upcoming release of sci-fi shooter Halo 4 namely creating a movie called Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, revealed online in five seperate chunks before the game's November 4 release. The first episode arrived today via Machinima, and you can check it out below.

Set not in the current timeline of the Halo gaming franchise, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn centres around a group of cadets in the United Nations Space Command military academy at the beginning of the human and Covenant war as they take on different colonial insurgents and come to terms with being soldiers.

Thomas Lasky (Tom Green) is the star of the show, and his story is set to prepare gamers for the plot of Halo 4, offering special insight and generally filling out the background of the universe.

Elsewhere, Daniel "Colossus" Cudmore (X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, Twilight) plays series hero Master Chief, supported by the likes of Ayelet Zurer (Angels & Demons, Munich) and Mike Dopud (Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in the envelope-pushing sort-of-kinda-game adaptation.

The episode above is a food 20 minutes long, so if you get the chance to watch it through, let us know what you think in the comment box below. Does this herald a new way to watch films? Are we finally going to get a feature film game adaptation that's worthy of the framchise it's aping? Let us know in the comment box below.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Taken 2 Swipes US Box-Office Crown
Frankenweenie stumbles into fifth
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

Your Comments

Axios!
Really enjoying it, Microsoft spent about $10 million on this....imagine what they could do with $100 million or more?! I think from this and the past live action shorts/trailers it is certain Microsoft could fund and produce their own Halo movie, so give Hollywood the middle finger and make the movie already! More

Posted by Dave25 at 06:12 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post

Axios!
Really enjoying it, Microsoft spent about $10 million on this....imagine what they could do with $100 million or more?! I think from this and the past live action shorts/trailers it is certain Microsoft could fund and produce their own Halo movie, so give Hollywood the middle finger and make the movie already! More

Posted by Dave25 at 06:11 on 25 October 2012 | Report This Post

Great.
Considering this probably had a fraction of the budget of bigger yet less engrossing Hollywood productions, I'd say they've done an amazing job. More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 23:29 on 07 October 2012 | Report This Post

Great.
Considering this probably had a fraction of the budget of bigger yet less engrossing Hollywood productions, I'd say they've done an amazing job. More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 23:29 on 07 October 2012 | Report This Post

Great.
Considering this probably had a fraction of the budget of bigger yet less engrossing Hollywood productions, I'd say they've done an amazing job. More

Posted by jrewing1000 at 23:28 on 07 October 2012 | Report This Post

Satisfied
The trailer looked a little bit naff but actually I was pleasantly surprised with how well this turned out. Some of the acting is poor and the CG and settings a little artificial but otherwise it's quite engrossing. More

Posted by Razorus at 03:29 on 07 October 2012 | Report This Post

Impressed
I'm a big Halo fan, and convinced that with the right people behind it, it's the property to break the Video Game Adaptation Curse. This is better than I thought it would be, and feels rather like Battlstar Galactica, which it should. More

Posted by Harry PJ at 15:06 on 06 October 2012 | Report This Post

halo 4 : forward unto dawn looks great
enjoyed what i saw as pilots go and am looking forward to big action scenes in the next episodes ,shame peter jackson never got his chance to make the movie, but theres always time (he's probably watching this anyway), let's just see how this pans out ! More

Posted by indy buff at 11:03 on 06 October 2012 | Report This Post

Well it's better than any feature length game-to-film adaptation I've seen. I was sufficiently drawn in for those twenty minutes and I look forward to seeing the next part. More

Posted by Whistler at 01:04 on 06 October 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire's New Spectre Issue Covers
First look at Bond 24 in Empire's April issue

Vote For The Jameson Empire Awards 2015!
Your mission is clear...

The Oscars: Who Won What?
The winners, the losers, the dresses, the suits...

The Empire Podcast Oscars 2015 Special
The team's take on the 87th Academy Awards

Sleeping Beauties: The Story Behind 12 Of Cinema's Unlikeliest Hits
They came, they saw, they surprisingly conquered

Writer / Director Dan Gilroy Reveals 8 Nightcrawler Secrets
On Jake Gyllenhaal's hand-slicing mirror smash and more...

Robert Downey Jr. On Age Of Ultron
Tomorrow: Mark Ruffalo talks Bruce Banner...

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)