Fans hoping to see Master Chief on the big screen may be one step closer – as Microsoft has announced that acclaimed producer/director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) as well as visual effects guru Tim Miller (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) are attached to the Halo 4 launch trailer.
Fincher executive produced the trailer, with Miller serving as director – joining other rising Hollywood talents, Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) who helmed the Halo: ODST trailer, “We Are ODST” and Noam Murro (the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire) who led the Halo: Reach trailer “Birth of a Spartan.”Â The official announcement comes one week ahead of the final trailer – which is set for debut on October 18th.
Halo launch trailers have grown increasingly complex over the years – ditching gameplay for enormous live-action battlefields as well as attempts to display emotional complexities of the soldiers behind the masks (i.e. the ODST “Rookie” and the Reach Spartans). According to Microsoft, the Halo 4 launch trailer will take a similar approach – this time with Master Chief:
Titled â€œScanned,â€ the trailer is an action-packed cinematic production that offers a captivating look at the backstory of Master Chief, and provides a glimpse of the new threat he will encounter in â€œHalo 4.â€
Similar comments from 343 Studios, about delving into Master Chief’s backstory, drew a mixed response from fans – as many are eager to see the character explored in future installments while others would prefer thatÂ John-117 remain a blank slate. That said, Microsoft knows that Halo, and the Master Chief character, need to be handled extremely carefully – especially if they ever want to get a Halo movie off the ground. The Spartan-II’s depiction in the recent Halo 4 live-action webseries, Forward Unto Dawn, looks to be encouraging and, with Fincher and Miller attached to the latestÂ launch trailer, Microsoft is certainly investing in top-tier talent to help showcase how cool Master Chief would be on the big screen – in addition to serving-up an explosive piece of marketing forÂ Halo 4.
Check out the first full image of Master Chief in the Halo 4 launch trailer, “Scanned,” below (click to enlarge):
Discussing his excitement and goals for the project, Miller stated:
â€œIâ€™m excited about the opportunity to direct the â€˜Halo 4â€™ launch trailer in creative partnership with 343 Industries and David Fincher. Halo is one of the most iconic sci-fi universes, with a depth that allows for amazingly cinematic and emotionally riveting stories. The chance to tell a story that explores never-before-seen facets of Master Chiefâ€™s journey is an honor. Our goal is to deliver a blockbuster, Hollywood-quality trailer that raises the bar for the award-winning legacy of live-action â€˜Haloâ€™ storytelling and gets fans stoked for the return of Master Chief.â€
Miller and Fincher previously worked together on the visually striking title sequence forÂ The Girl with the Dragon TattooÂ adaptation.Â While Fincher didn’t weigh-in on the significance of the Halo franchise this round, he did offer praise of Miller’s knack for blending live-action and CGI elements – a skill that will be key if the pair intend to deliver the best live-action Halo trailer to date:
“I enjoy collaborating with Tim Miller, who is at the visual and technical forefront of hybridized live-action/CGI â€“ not only pushing the boundary but defining it.â€
Fincher’s mostly vague comment indicates that, despite his executive producer title, he probably doesn’t have much direct interaction or insight into Miller’s Halo 4 trailer – and, in this case, is serving in a limited support role. As a result, while “Scanned” could certainly be a jaw-dropping piece of live-action HaloÂ marketing/entertainment, fans expecting a lot of Fincher influence probably shouldn’t wait on baited breath.
As mentioned, the extended two-minute trailer will debut on October 18th -Â first on â€œLate Night with Jimmy Fallonâ€ (the show starts 12:35am ET/11:35pm CT on NBC) and, immediately after the broadcast debut, available for viewing on Halo Waypoint and the Xbox YouTube channel. In the meantime, players can pre-order their Halo 4 copy, check out the Halo 4 multiplayer walkthroughs, and watch for new episodes of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
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Halo 4Â launches on November 6th, exclusively for Xbox 360.