The upcoming Halo 4 live-action series will cost between $US5 million and $US10 million to produce, reports the Los Angeles Times today in an excellent new feature about Microsoft's ambitious new project.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, which will preview this Thursday at Comic Con and launch October 5, is a prequel that recreates the first invasion of the game's enemy alien force, the Covenant. Unlike the now-dead Halo film, Forward Unto Dawn is actually happening: it was produced and shot earlier this year in Vancouver, Canada.
"We want this piece to do all the things that a game, by virtue of being a game, can't," ex-Warner Bros and current Forward Unto Dawn exec Lydia Antonini said to the Los Angeles Times. "When you have real people, you can have real stakes and make connections."
The series, which stars Canadian actor Daniel Cudmore, will be broken up into five 15-minute segments that will eventually be combined with extra footage to make a 90-minute feature film.
"It's really important to us that this is a stand-alone product that can make money on its own," said Matt McCloskey, director of franchise business management for Halo 4 developer 343.
Check out the article for more photos of the upcoming series.