'Halo'-Inspired Live Action Drama to Air at NATPE 2013

Based on Microsoft's global gaming phenomenon, the show will be offered to international buyers as a feature or five episodes.

LONDON – International buyers will get a taste of the first live-action drama based on Microsoft’s Halo gaming franchise at NATPE 2013 with the debut of Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.

Content Television, a division of Content Media Corporation, said it will offer the show, available as a 90-minute feature or five-episode series for broadcast and online platforms, to buyers during the conflab later this month.

Produced by Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries, Content Television inked a deal for worldwide distribution rights across broadcast, online, VOD and home entertainment platforms to Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn, with the exception of North America, where Content holds broadcast rights only.

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Unveiled at San Diego’s Comic-Con in 2012, Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was available for a limited time on Machinima Prime and Halo Waypoint as part of the lead-up to the worldwide launch of the Halo 4 game in November 2012 before Content struck its deal.

"The Halo franchise is a worldwide phenomenon with an ever-growing fan base and Content Television’s distribution of its first live-action drama further cements our position as the go-to company for the latest, greatest multiplatform titles. We’re expecting both the feature and series to be in great demand and look forward to showcasing it to our international clients at NATPE, said Content Television and Digital exec vp Jonathan Ford.

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn takes the viewer back to the beginning as a group of cadets train at the Corbulo Academy of Military Sciences to join the ongoing war with the outer colonial planets of the Halo gaming world.

David Fincher produced the Halo 4 game launch commercial with director Tim Miller.