It has been reported that Shout! Factory, a multi-platform media company, and global entertainment media company Content Media Corporation today announced a multi-film deal to bring Microsoft’s highly popular Halo feature-length movies and anime anthology series to the home entertainment marketplace in North America. The announcement was made by Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos; and Jonathan Ford, Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution at Content Media Corporation.
This new multi-year alliance provides Shout! Factory with exclusive home entertainment distribution rights (Blu-ray™ and DVD) in the U.S. and Canada to live-action features HALO 4: FORWARD UNTO DAWN (directed by Stewart Hendler) and HALO: NIGHTFALL (directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and executive produced by Ridley Scott and David Zucker), animated feature HALO: THE FALL OF REACH (directed by Ian Kirby and produced by Sequence), and anime anthology series HALO LEGENDS.
Halo is, of course, a military first-person science fiction first-person shooter video game franchise created by Bungie and now managed and developed by 343 Industries, a subsidiary of Microsoft Studios. The series centers on an interstellar war between humanity and a theocratic alliance of aliens known as the Covenant. The Covenant, led by their religious leaders called the Prophets, worship an ancient civilization known as the Forerunners, who perished in combat with the parasitic Flood.
The central focus of the franchise builds off the experiences of Master Chief John-117, one of a group of super soldiers codenamed Spartans, and his artificial intelligence (AI) companion, Cortana. Other characters, such as Noble Six from Halo: Reach are also introduced in the series. The term “Halo” refers to the Halo Rings: large, habitable superweapons that were created by the Forerunners to destroy the parasitic Flood.
There was mention of a date when these properties would become available in their new formats.
The collective group of fans of the series is referred to as the “Halo Nation”