Yes, Steven Spielberg’s big-budget Halo project is getting most of the attention, but fellow sci-fi heavyweight Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien) is also prepping his own take on Microsoft’s acclaimed videogame series.
Microsoft dropped a boatload of info at the company’s E3 press conference today, including the first details about Scott’s project, which has been dubbed Halo Nightfall. The show is apparently a smaller-budget “digital series” akin to the company’s recent Halo: Forward Until Dawn, which tested the waters for a Halo series.
The new project will star The Following's Mike Colter (see photo below) as a “surgically-enhanced super soldier” named Marlowe, who is described as “a rising star in a futuristic army who is troubled by aspects of the military industrial complex he inhabits. Approaching combat situations with caution and logic, he inspires loyalty in his fellow Spartans.”
Scott is attached to produce, and has signed Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Battlestar Galactica, Falling Skies) to direct the series. Paul Scheuring (Prison Break) wrote the script for Nightfall.
The series will be available as part of Microsoft’s Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which will hit shelves for the Xbox One on Nov. 11. The series will likely stream in the weeks before the collection’s release.