Thread: Halo Legends
07-24-2009 02:25 AM #1
The Halo-verse just got bigger. Microsoft is producing Halo Legends, an anime-style series comprised of seven short films that expand the story behind the wildly popular videogame franchise.
Five production houses in Japan -- Bones, Casio Entertainment, Production I.G., Studio4 C, and Toei Animation -- are handling the animation, while Microsoft's creative staff is handling the approval for the visuals and storytelling, the software maker announced today.
"The opportunity to work with talents such as Shinji Aramaki, Mamoru Oshii and others from some of the greatest anime studios is a very rare opportunity for Microsoft," said Frank O'Connor, Halo franchise development director and provider of story and creative direction for 343 Industries.
"We've seen the world through Master Chief's eyes, and we've experienced facets of the universe through a variety of literary prisms, but now we get to watch new tales unfold in really rich, visually dynamic ways. I think anime fans and Halo fans alike are in for a real treat."
Few story details have emerged, but the Los Angeles times has the broad strokes. Shinji Aramaki, one of the creative directors working with Microsoft on the project, is crafting a short that will detail the history of the Spartan warrior class.
Another installment from Studio4 C, "Origins," is a two-part film. The two 30-minutes segements tell "the entire 100,000 year history of the Halo universe."
"I think the core Halo fans will recognize key moments from the universe never shown in the game," he said. "They're moments where people wanted more depth. That's where this fits," O'Connor explains.
Warner Bros. will distribute Halo Legends on DVD, Blu-ray, and digitally in early 2010. Xbox Live fans can catch a preview of the anime this fall.
The first look at Halo Legends will be revealed during the Halo panel at Comic-Con on Thursday.Xbox Live : AXIOS x117x
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07-24-2009 03:05 AM #2
I thought Peter Jackson was going to do a halo movie, but the studio got cold feet. Looks like this is what the studio felt should take it's place. Maybe we will eventually get a PJ movie about halo too. I would probably very much like anything halo though. Thanks.Panasonic DMP BD-35
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07-24-2009 03:32 AM #3
sweet! here's hoping it'll be good!
07-24-2009 03:49 AM #4
Ooh! I didn't know it was coming to Blu-Ray too. I hope they give each story enough running time for it to actually develop, unlike the Batman anime.
07-24-2009 04:13 AM #5
Not a fan of cartoons.
07-24-2009 04:36 AM #6
07-24-2009 10:43 AM #7
Very Nice."Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government"
07-24-2009 10:58 AM #8
07-24-2009 11:22 AM #9
oh now that's cool!
07-24-2009 03:45 PM #10
i was all pumped about this halo thing but that simpsons pic is bad ass!Shampoo is better! I go on first and clean the hair.
07-24-2009 04:28 PM #11Member
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+1 on the pic. Is there a bigger version?
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07-24-2009 04:52 PM #13
I'll believe it when I see it, halo movie anyone?Toshiba 55" 55HT1U LCD (1080p@24fps) w/Tivo HD, Harmony 880
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07-24-2009 06:27 PM #15Member
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Seems sort of like The Animatrix for Halo, then?