Halo 4 live action movie budget rumored to be $5-10 million

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

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19 Comments

TruckWEB said,
Small budget sci-fi movie... That does not sound good, like "made for TV" or "direct to DVD" movies...

It's a promotion for a video game. You honestly cant expect them to have a huge hollywood-movie budget. Besides, all Halo live action shorts have been awesome. I don' see the quality of this one wavering much. MS knows what it's doing, I'm sure it'll turn out more than fine.

TruckWEB said,
Small budget sci-fi movie... That does not sound good, like "made for TV" or "direct to DVD" movies...

Cloverfield had a budget of $25m, District 9 had a budget of $30m. Microsoft did very well with Halo Legends, I don't think they will disappoint. I don't think there will be any sloppy special effects.

I think they are going with live action instead of animation is to appease the fans who have been waiting for live action. Also I think this could be used as a tool to drag someone out to make a full feature film once they see what can be done with halo.

Edited by Gaffney, Jul 11 2012, 9:41pm :

Maybe it's just my dirty mind but... that title could be mistaken for the title of a porno flick.


You know... because Dawn is a girl's name?

rpsgc said,
Maybe it's just my dirty mind but... that title could be mistaken for the title of a porno flick.


You know... because Dawn is a girl's name?

And the fact that most porns are numbered, for example Dirty Secretary 8

MrXXIV said,
They need to spend a billion and make the Live Action perfect!

Lol, probably when they have actual hollywood studios support.

aviator189 said,

Lol, probably when they have actual hollywood studios support.

God, I hope they make a movie out of it. Not even, when do we get to see Chief's face!? D:<

TechieXP said,
Tha not a lot of cost considering the movie could make $300M and MS certainly can afford it.

It's a series of adverts.. Not a movie in the cinema...

Enron said,
For only $5 million, will it end up looking like an episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers?

Heck I'd rather watch Power Rangers than a Halo movie... lol

I enjoyed the Alan Wake live action short films, anyone know how much was spent on those? Just been watching the behind the scenes on IGN and looks good so far will be good to see the final product

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