Although we’re yet to see a real Halo Movie (you know, the kind you’d watch in the cinema), there are plenty of projects out there that can ease the pain a little. Over the years, Microsoft did make a few attempts to create live-action movies of Halo, as well as some animated pictures. Some are available on Blu-ray and DVD, while others can be accessed for free on YouTube. Here’s a complete overview of all Halo Movies.
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Live-Action Halo movies
Let’s start with all of Halo’s live-action movies. These a made with real actors and are thus the closest we get to a real Halo movie. There are two feature-length films, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn and Halo: Nightfall, as well as numerous shorts. This is the complete list of all live-action Halo movies in order of release.
Halo: Landfall (2007)
While only 7 minutes long, Halo: Landfall deserves an honorable mention when talking about Halo Movies. Originally released as three separate shorts back in 2007, Halo: Landfall gave us a first glimpse of what a Halo Movie might look like. The short live-action film was created by Neill Blomkamp and WETA Digital, while WETA workshop provided a fully functional Warthog as well as numerous weapons and uniforms. The same Warthog was later used for Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.
Halo: Landfall can be found on YouTube.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012)
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was first released as a web series. Five episodes were released on Machinima Prime and Halo Waypoint in the weeks leading up to the release of Halo 4. A complete edition was later released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and multiple video-on-demand services.
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn takes place during the early days of the Covenant War. It shows how Thomas Lasky, at that time just a cadet, first encountered the Covenant and how he first met the Master Chief during this battle.
Halo: Nightfall (2014)
Similar to Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, Halo: Nightfall started as a web series consisting of five episodes. Halo: Nightfall was written by Prison Break creator Paul Scheuring, with Ridley Scott as executive producer. The episodes were accessible through the Halo Channel App for those who had purchased Halo: The Master Chief Collection. A complete edition was later released on Blu-Ray, DVD, and multiple video-on-demand services.
Halo: Nightfall introduces us to Jameson Locke. Locke is not yet the Spartan we know from Halo 5, but an ONI Agent, send out to investigate a terrorist threat on the planet of Sedra. This eventually leads him and his team to the remains of Installation 04, otherwise known as Alpha Halo.
Over the years, Microsoft created numerous live-action shorts to promote upcoming Halo games. Most of them are available on YouTube. Here’s a list of all live-action Halo shorts in order of release.
- Halo 3: Starry Night
- Halo 3: Believe
- Halo 3: ODST: The Life (also known as We are ODST)
- Halo Reach: Birth of a Spartan
- Halo Reach: Deliver Hope
- Halo Reach: New Life
- Halo Reach: Spaceport
- Halo Reach: Patrol
- Halo Reach: Day Before
- Halo CE Anniversary: Living Monument
- Halo 4: Scanned
- Halo 4: The Commissioning
- Halo 5: All Hail
- Halo 5: The Cost
Halo: The Television Series (2022)
Halo: The Television Series will be the first real big-budget project for the Halo series. Consisting of nine episodes, the Halo tv series will premiere on Paramount+ in early 2022. It features Pablo Schreiber as Master Chief, Jen Taylor as Cortana, and Natascha McElhone as Dr. Catherine Halsey, among others. Otto Bathurst will direct the tv series. Steven Spielberg should still be attached to the project as executive producer.
Nothing about the plot of the tv show is known, except that it will take place during the Covenant War (which, in our book, means: before the end of Halo 3).
Animated Halo movies
Besides the live-action movies, Microsoft also created several animated Halo movies. While some are available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and video-on-demand services, others are available on YouTube – although they might be hard to find. Here’s the complete list of animated Halo movies in order of release.
Halo Legends (2009-2010)
Halo Legends is a collection of seven short anime films produced by six different production houses. Some of the films were made available on Halo Waypoint. The entire collection is available on Blu-Ray and DVD, as well as some video-on-demand services. Halo Legends consists of the following episodes:
- The Duel
- Odd One Out
- The Babysitter
- The Package
Halo: Evolutions shorts (2010)
A few of the stories in the novel Halo: Evolutions were adapted into motion comics. They were originally available on the Halo Waypoint app for Xbox 360 and are still available on YouTube. The complete list:
Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series (2015)
Halo: The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series was released as part of the special editions of Halo 5: Guardians. It is an animated feature-length adaption of the novel of the same name by Eric Nylund. The Fall of Reach – The Animated Series also became available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Video-on-demand services.