‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ Part 1 Now Online: Live-Action Master Chief Tease

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 4th, 2014 at 10:00 am,

For years various Hollywood producers and studios have attempted to get a Halo film adaptation off the ground with no success. Plenty of big name creatives have been attached to the project, including Steven Spielberg Peter Jackson, and Neill Blomkamp, but Microsoft has been exceptionally protective of their flagship IP. It’s hard to blame them – given the numerous underwhelming game-to-film adaptations that have been released over the years.

In order to sate fan interest, promote Halo 4, and test the waters for a live-action Halo film adaptation, Microsoft decided to finance their own webseries, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. After months of build-up, Forward Unto Dawn – Part 1 is finally here. Has Microsoft’s investment paid off?

Fans of the game series remain split on whether or not Hollywood is even capable of delivering a quality Halo film – one that takes into account the larger franchise mythos established in tie-in novels, comic books, and other entertainment mediums. That said, even before Forward Unto Dawn, potential moviegoers have been teased by the big budget potential of the Halo series. In addition to fan-made film attempts, the last three Halo titles were accompanied by eye-popping live-action trailers – one of which was directed by Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders:

However, this time, for the release of Halo 4, Microsoft upped-the-ante by promising a full 90 minute webseries – set as a prequel to certain story elements that will be explored in the upcoming game. In addition to high production values, the webseries has also managed to enlist a roster of familiar actors including Tom Green (Dance Academy), Anna Popplewell (The Chronicles of Narnia), Mike Dopud (SGU Stargate Universe), as well as Daniel Cudmore (The Twilight Saga) playing the iconic Master Chief. While the character has yet to see action in Forward Unto Dawn - Part 1, the webseries trailer showcases plenty of slick shots of heroic John-117 dispatching enemies – meaning, if Part 1 doesn’t quite satisfy your craving for big screen Halo, further installments are sure to raise the bar.

Check out the full Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn description below – followed by the Part 1 episode synopsis:

Set against the backdrop of a UNSC military academy, a group of highborn cadets are training to be the next generation of soldiers in the UNSC’s ongoing war with insurrectionists in the outer colonial planets. Among these cadets, Thomas Lasky struggles with his doubts about this war, and with the burden of expectations he may not be able to carry. As Lasky comes to terms with his potential as a military leader, the terrifying alien alliance known as the Covenant arrives and turns his world upside down. Inspired by the Master Chief, he must decide what it means to be a hero.

Hastati Squad, the newest batch of freshman cadets at the UNSC’s Corbulo Academy of Military Science, pays the price for cadet Thomas Lasky’s tactics.

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Screen Rant writer Andrew Dyce recently published an extensive editorial detailing “How The Halo Movie Might Be Saved By Forward Unto Dawn” and even touches on Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games adaptations – which may have also cleared a few related hurdles. As fans know, there’s more to Halo than Master Chief. The history of the Spartan II is based in a class war, one that relied on recruitment and genetic modification of child soldiers, a major focus in the Forward Unto Dawn – Part 1 storyline.

While the concluding moments of the episode tease the arrival of game series’ alien antagonists, The Covenant, the majority of Part 1 is dedicated to the emotional (and physical) turmoil that Lasky has endured – as the son of a famous UNSC Colonel and a teenager attempting to navigate daily life at Corbulo Military Academy.


Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on Halo, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn episodes will be released every friday via Halo Waypoint and Machinima leading up to the launch of Halo 4 on November 6, 2012.

Source: Machinima

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  1. meh… it wasn’t bad but it wasn’t particularly any thing new or special. it actually felt like a rebooted Starship Troopers.
    It probably cause its the first, no Master Chief but im definitely still going to watch the rest, i hope its good because this will definitely steer halo in a direction to be a movie. Or it could kill its chances.
    Cant wait till nest Friday to see the next. hope it definitely improves. Anyone know how many episodes there will be? if they are doing this till the release of the game then it would be 4 right?

    • there are 5 total. I’m thinking they’ll release the last 2 together?

  2. No from what I have been hearing, the last one is a major tiein with the game so thats why they have it after release. I think the first episode was more used to display the directors vision and track for the series. It definetly was the style i was looking for in a Halo related series. The Halo 3 Live Action stuff was perfect for what it needed to be during that time. In this series, we don’t even know what to expect as far as a game goes so making a mess of things and having that trashie look, as the Halo 3 videos did wouldn’t really apply here. I think we are off to a good start. I’m excited to see next weeks as well.

    • I got to agree with you there. That would make sense that they would release the final episode after the game was released. Then you get a taste of the plot of the game in the live action, which could be pretty great

  3. As long as a Halo movie follows the game plot, keeps things almost exactly like they had the ODST trailer, and make sure that the screenplay doesn’t try to “emotionally connect with the audience” with gooey love subplots or try to give too much of a character to Master Chief. Because that’s exactly why he’s so iconic – he’s a mostly emotionless, all-business, and VERY efficient soldier. Just base it off of the Fall of Reach and the book series and they’re golden…

  4. That was pretty underwhelming. No combat, no Masterchief, no covenant no Halo ring world. Very wimpy looking soldiers, budding romance crap, way to much whiny emo angst. Did like the Warthog and hard bitten commander pep talk. Hopefully it’ll improve once the covenant show up.

    • What did you expect? It’s just the first episode. It’s an exposition. If they put everything the have into one episode, the rest would be pointless.

      • Yes but it needed a bit more to really grab the audience with that first episode.

  5. That was pretty underwhelming. No combat, no Masterchief, no covenant no Halo ring world. Very wimpy looking soldiers, budding romance crap, way too much whiny emo angst. Did like the Warthog and hard bitten commander pep talk. Hopefully it’ll improve once the covenant show up.

  6. Oops sorry. Sent it twice.

    • Even twice,but you are right !
      If HALO goes the Hunger Games route then this would be really the worst !
      Some teeny crap,stuff that has been seen and told over and over again,and that even much better then there !

      They should set trends with HALO,not follow them !
      They have created such a rich universe and set their own distinct tone,
      there is no need for this Hunger Games teeny stuff !

      HALO is a war movie,a buddy movie even if u like when u look at the Masters relationship with Cortana. More in the lines of Saving Private Ryan,not some cheap forgetful teeny flick !

  7. i´don´t play console or p.c. games,but i´ve read an halo-comic about the spartan 2 and they were like machines or robots,trained for war and not whinery high school-kids. but, like i said i´ve just did read that comic.

  8. o.k. i was too fast,i´ve watched the trailer from rupert sanders later. that was more like the halo-comic that i did read.

  9. I really enjoyed that, including the budding romance. These aren’t trained soldiers yet, they are teens forced into this because their parents are high ranking UNSC members. The tension is awesome. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t high action right from the start. The character development and introduction was great.

    The action will come. A movie with all action and no character is pointless. You don’t get attached to a character. You have no reason to worry if grunt one gets blown up or grunt two gets blown up. I like how they are showing that these aren’t just blank faces soldiers, pushed into the plot to shoot stuff and create explosions. They are people. They have goals.

    Even Chief in the book the Fall of Reach is a person. It doensn’t come across very well in the games, but in the books you get to read his thoughts and his inner fears. Despite being a super soldier with years of war experience, he is a person. Maybe the blank soldier action hero is for some people, but it is the subtle undercurents, the human aspects, that really draw me to his character.

    It is the same thing I think I am going to enjoy about this series. The human aspects. Overall very well done.

  10. Lol someone from Twilight playing Master Chief?! Well I guess the movie is going downhill already… :/

    • He was also Colossus. ^_~

  11. i thought it was overall pretty good at least sombody is finaly making some halo films. i wish movie makers would get over themselves an make a full blown halo serious of movies based on the books. i agree that the cadets look wimpy, wish they wouldn t do that todays soldiers an marines are anything but wimpy, yes they are teens but the producers looked for small actors so spartan 117 would appear huge to viewers that was a mistake.

    • The girl looks brawnier than the guys. Isn’t she from the Narnia movies? Heck of a set of lips on her. Wonder if she’s related to Angelina Jolie?

      • i hear you on the lips i was thinking the same thing about angelina jolie

  12. I think if they made a halo tv show a lot of people would watch it even people who don’t play halo. Besides thare aren’t a lot of space shows except for startreck and star wars and those were really popular so with a good storey line I think halo would be the next “big thing”

    • tv show ? yea maybe but overall i wish they would give the world what they want, halo movies based on the books

  13. The best way to do aHalo movie is to start a Halo Cinematic Universe.

    The first film should be much like Black Hawk Down, focusing on a large scale battle from severl different perspectives. A group of regular infantry men, a small squad of Spec Ops ODST HellJumpers, a UNSC space battle and The Spartans. This film will introduce us to the universe in general.

    The second film could be a Fall of Reach prequel that focuses on how the Spartan II’s were created, which I believe many people would be excited to leanr about after seeing them mysteriously kick a$$ in the first film.

    • i couldn’t agree more. halo is about mankind (UNSC) being attacked by many alien races combined an our military as big an powerfull as it is, we are out numbered, outmatched, an outguned an are forced to fight for our survival, i read all the books an my heart was near always racing so thats the way the movies should be as well.

  14. It was boring,

  15. 2nd one is better then the first

  16. Ithink they should mak a movie series based on the game because that would be epic.

    • Movie would be great

  17. Third one is out by now. It’s actually getting pretty intense.

    I like how the first two are more dedicated to character development. I actually care about those damn kids and whether or not they’re going to survive.

  18. Yea the next one is going to be greate

  19. Third one was freaking awsome more so at the end with the covenant attacking the odst’s dropping in wont spoil it for those who havnt seen it but just one word to describe it. AWSOME!

  20. 4th was ass kicking cant wait for the 5 one