Halo Films and Series 👽 Release Dates, Cast, Plots, Reviews, Opinions

Halo Master Chief Series and Films

The Halo video game series has been Xbox’s masterpiece for two decades. The video game series has had seven installments so far, with the eighth one, Halo: Infinite set to release later this year.

In total, Halo has been adapted either as a TV series or a movie five times. There’s also a TV series currently in the works. A Halo movie was in the talks in the early 2000s, but it never became reality.

The order of the movies and the series is as follows:

 

Everything About Halo: Forward Unto Dawn 

Halo Forward Unto Dawn poster
Source: Microsoft Studios / 343 Industries / Machinima Prime

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was released on October 5, 2012. The series consists of five episodes, each of which lasts 15 minutes. The episodes were released every week before the series was released on DVD and Blu-ray. It also became available on Netflix in 2013.

Halo: Forward Unto Dawn Trailer

 

Halo: Forward Unto Dawn was directed by Stewart Hendler. The scenario was tasked to Todd and Aaron Helbing. The series served as marketing for Halo 4.

Critics gave mixed responses, as many took into account the under $10 million budget, while others didn’t.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Tom Green (Thomas Lasky)
 
  • Anna Popplewell (Chyler Silva)
 
  • Iain Belcher (Walter Vickers)
 
  • Osric Chau (JunJie Chen)
 
  • Enisha Brewster (April Orenski)
 
  • Kat De Lieva (Dimah Tchakova)
 
  • Masam Holden (Michael Sullivan)
 
  • Daniel Cudmore (Master Chief)
 
  • Michael Dopud (Daniel Black)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

A team of cadets is in training. They’ll be taking part in the UNSC’s war as the newest generation. Among them lies Thomas Lasky, a cadet who doubts the war and is skeptical of whether he’ll be able to survive.

As Thomas accepts his fate as a military leader, the Covenant, an alien alliance comes to unsettle his world.

 

Review and Opinions

The series is targeted towards fans of the games. But, it features a great cast and editing. Not to mention the fact that each episode is 15-20 minutes long. So, you should definitely find that time on a Friday night and watch the series weekly.

James Plath:  “Halo 4: Forward unto Dawn” may have had a goal of broadening the audience beyond gamers, but the film is so close to watching a video game for the second action-filled half and the set-up so pedestrian that I don’t see non-gamers becoming fans.

Edwin Evans: “Stewart Hendler’s well-judged editing keeps the script from sinking under the weight of its own melodrama, and his close-ups never overstay their welcome, hiding the weaknesses of the inexperienced (but talented) cast.”

 

 

Everything About Halo: Legends

Halo Legends poster
Source: 343 Industries and Warner Home Video

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Halo: Legends is the sweet spot between a series and a film. It’s a series of seven short films, all of which were produced by a team of six Japanese crews.

Halo: Legends’ release date was February 16, 2010. It was also released on Netflix but was later pulled from the platform.

Halo: Legends Trailer

 

The series of anime short films was met with mixed reviews.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Deke Anderson (1337)
 
  • David Wald (Master Chief)
 
  • Josh Grelle (Haka)
 
  • David Matranga (Sarge)
 
  • John Gremillion (Fal)
 
  • Shelley Calene-Black (Cortana/Dr. Halsey)
 
  • Emily Neves (Cal-141)
 
  • Blake Shepard (O’Brien)
 
  • Carli Mosier (Daisy)
 
  • Chris Patton (Big Brother)
 
  • Brittney Karbowski (Big Sister)
 
  • John Gremillion (Arthur)  
 
  •  George Manley (Berger)
 
  • Andy McAvin (Boatman/Captain)
 
  • Kalob Martinez (Cortez)
 
  • Christopher Ayres (Covenant Commander/Operator)
 
  • Jason Carroll (Covenant Major)
 
  • Rob Mungle (Corporal Taylor “Dutch” Miles)
 
  • Andrew Love (Fred)
 
  • Carli Mosier (Girl)
 
  • Melissa (Davis Han)
 
  • Luci (Christian Kelly)
 
  • Greg Ayres (Kid)
 
  • Mark X Laskowski (Marine)
 
  • Ikuya Sawaki Oni (Officer)
 
  • Leraldo Anzaldua (Ralph)
 
  • Andrew Love (Roh)
 
  • John Swasey (Sgt. Hauser)
 
  • Jovan Jackson (Solomon)
 
  • Todd Waite (The Prophet)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

Each of the films follows a different story, starting with Origins which looks back in the video games series’ lore. This is followed by The Duel and Homecoming, which take a look at right before the war between humans and the Covenant, and gives us a better view of the Spartans.

Then comes Odd One Out, a non-canon film, and Prototype, the story of a Marine who’s tasked with destroying a prototype armor to save the planet’s civilians. The second to last film is The Babysitter, which features the conflict between the Spartan Commandos and Shock Troopers. The last one is The Package, which features Master Chief and a team of Spartans in search of a UNSC asset.

 

Review and Opinions

Halo: Legends is definitely worth your time, whether you’ve played every game in the series or not. The art style of the films, as well as the different stories that every one of them says, will keep you engaged at all times.

Orlando Parfit: “Halo Legends proves a successful—if uneven—attempt to fuse these two universes, and will certainly prove essential viewing for those with more than a passing interest in Bungie’s seminal shooters.”

John Townsend: “With every story comes a different style of animation, all beautifully created to best convey both the beauty and the horror of the universe.”

 

 

Everything About Halo: Landfall

Halo-Landfall-poster
Source: Bungie Studios

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Just like Halo: Legends, Halo: Landfall features a series of short films. The films were produced by Bungie Studios (Halo’s developers) along with WETA Digital, Neill Blomkamp, and Origami Digital LLC. The films were a marketing ploy for Halo 3.

Halo: Landfall Full Film

 

Halo: Landfall was announced at E3 2007. The three films were released separately at the end of the same year. But, those three films were edited and compiled into a 7-minute film, titled Halo: Landfall.

 

Cast & Characters

A cast for the film was never released.

 

Review and Opinions

Halo: Landfall does its job perfectly. It was meant to be a 7-minute long promotional film, and it’s just that. The film looks okay, but it’s nothing too special. However, the fact that there’s no plot in this film does make it a little bit worse.

 

 

Everything About Halo: Nightfall

Halo Nightfall poster
Source: Scott Free Productions and 343 Industries

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Halo: NightFall is a web series that was directed and produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free Productions. The series was announced on April 3, 2014, with the first trailer arriving three months later. Halo: NightFall was released on March 16, 2015.

Halo: NightFall Trailer

 

Cast & Characters

  • Mike Colter (Jameson Locke)
 
  • Christina Chong (Talitha Macer)
 
  • Steven Waddington (Randall Aiken)
 
  • Luke Neal (Michael Horrigan)
 
  • Alexander Bhat (Alistair Bov Estrin)
 
  • Alexis Rodney (Arris Le)
 
  • Christian Contreras (Gregory Aio Ramos)
 
  • Eric Kofi Abrefa (Haisal Wari)
 
  • Jennie Gruner (Samantha Wisner)
 
  • Sarah Armstrong (Jordan Gaines)
 
  • Shaun Blaney (Mason Hundley)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

The series takes place in the 26th century, at the end of the Human-Covenant war. Despite their peace treaty, some of Earth’s colonies are still harassed by the Covenant. Commander Jameson Locke is located at Planet Sedra, where he and his team fail to stop a Covenant attack in a mall.

They find out that this was a biological attack, putting their life at a huge risk.

 

Review and Opinions

Halo: NightFall isn’t a bad series. The CGI is fairly well, the acting is good for the film’s budget ($70 million). However, it lacks a lot in the writing department.

 

 

Everything About Halo: The Fall of Reach

Halo The Fall of Reach poster
Source: Sequence and 343 Industries

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Halo: The Fall of Reach is a TV series adaptation of the book with the same name. It was released in 2015 and was produced by Sequence. The series came out at the same time as Halo 5.

Halo: The Fall of Reach Trailer

 

Critics gave the series positive reviews, stating that it “exceeds expectations” and specifically praising the writing of it.

 

Cast & Characters

  • Jen Taylor (Dr. Catherine Elizabeth Halsey)
 
  • Steve Downes (Master Chief)
 
  • Michelle Lukes (Deja)
 
  • Britt Baron (Linda (Adult))
 
  • Travis Willingham (Admiral Ysionris Jeromi)
 
  • John Eric Bentley (Lt. Ops Station)
 
  • Todd Haberkorn (Fred (Teen))
 
  • Cole Jensen (John (Child))
 
  • Francesca Manzi (Kelly (Teen))
 
  • Ashlen Bullock (Linda (Child))
 
  • Richard Cansino (Mendez)
 
  • Dane Jameson (Jorge)
 
  • Hynden Walch (Kelly (Child))
 
  • Matthew Waterson (Captain Wallaci)
 
  • Ethan Sawyer (Colonel Watts)
 
  • Izabela Vidovic (Linda (Teen))
 
  • Antony Del Rio (Samuel)
 
  • Damien C. Haas (John (Teen))
 
  • Collin Dean (Fred (Child))
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

The series gives us a glance at the lore of Master Chief, also known as Spartan 117. The series is based on the book and focuses specifically on how Master Chief became a fearless warrior.

 

Review and Opinions

While Halo: The Fall of Reach isn’t the best thing you’ve ever seen, it certainly isn’t the worst one. If you want to get a better look at Halo’s lore, then you should definitely give this one a watch.

 

 

Everything About the Live-Action, Cancelled Halo Movie

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

After the success of Halo 2, Microsoft thought that it would be a great idea to get Halo on the big screen. And it almost worked out. 

The Halo movie was going to be directed by Neil Blomkamp and written by Alex Garland. However, the film never happened. Going forward to 2017, Blomkamp said that he’d still be willing to direct the movie.

The film was supposedly canceled due to a poor script, production problems, and poor funding. Blomkamp also quit the project to direct District 9.

 

Cast & Characters

While we don’t know the whole cast for the film, according to some reports Master Chief would have been played by Gerard Butler. Milla Jovovich and Samuel L. Jackson were also part of the cast, as Cortana and Sgt. Johnson respectively.

 

Plot/Synopsis

A navy captain with a team of marines and a super-soldier known as Master Chief crash-land on Halo. Their task is to find out about Covenant’s search on the planet. But, Halo is a much more mysterious planet than they imagined.

 

 

Everything About the Upcoming Halo (Master Chief) TV Series

 

Production, Release Date, and Reception

Halo is an upcoming TV series, set to premiere in early 2022. The series was originally going to be produced by Steven Spielberg and premiere in 2015. In 2019, Rupert Wyatt took the producer helm, setting the released date in 2020. But, that didn’t work out either.

Eventually, the series got a 2022 release date, with Otto Bathurst taking the helm. The series is set to have 10 episodes.

 

Pablo Schreiber, the actor who’ll play Master Chief has stated that he doesn’t “do impressions” but he “plays characters”. So, we shouldn’t expect to hear the legendary voice of Master Chief. Maybe Schreiber’s version will be better.

 

 

Cast & Characters

 

  • Pablo Schreiber (Master Chief Petty Officer John-117)
 
  • Natascha McElhone (Dr. Catherine Halsey)
 
  • Yerin Ha (Kwan Ha)
 
  • Charlie Murphy (Makee)
 
  • Shabana Azmi (Admiral Margaret Parangosky)
 
  • Bokeem Woodbine (Soren-066)
 
  • Olive Gray (Miranda Keyes)
 
  • Kate Kennedy (Kai-125)
 
  • Natasha Culzac (Riz-028)
 
  • Bentley Kalu (Vannak-134)
 
  • Jen Taylor (Cortana)
 
  • Danny Sapani (TBA)
 
 

Plot/Synopsis

 

The TV series takes place during the Human-Covenant war. Halo will feature stories, adventures, and a beautiful vision of how the world will be in the future.

 

 

Review and Opinions

 

Once the Netflix series is released, we’ll let you know what we thought about it.