In April, Microsoft announced plans to release Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, a live action movie project designed to help promote their upcoming Halo 4 first person shooter game for the Xbox 360 console. Today, more details were revealed about those plans, along with a rumor about the movie's budget.
The Los Angeles Times claims that information gathered from unnamed "insiders" says that Microsoft is spending between $5 million and $10 million to produce Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. The movie will be released as a series of short films in October, and then re-released, with new footage, as a 90 minute movie, as part of the Halo 4 Limited Edition version on November 6th.
That's a relatively tiny budget for a sci-fi live action film based on one of the most well known properties in all of entertainment. An attempt to release a big budget Hollywood Halo feature film was cancelled several years ago.
The film has already been shot in Vancouver with a relatively unknown cast. It will tell the tale of a young UNSC cadet who has been inspired in some way by Halo's lead character, Master Chief. That character will also appear in the Halo 4 game. More information about the film is expected to be announced at the San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday.
Source: Los Angeles Times