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David Fincher's Halo Trailer

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The Fight Club director has teamed up with his Girl With The Dragon Tattoo visual-effects lead Tim Miller to make this rather impressive

live-action trailer for the big game this Christmas, Halo 4.

The Hollywood heavyweight-endorsed trailer comes only a couple of weeks before Halo 4's release, which, after an absence from the last three games, marks the return of John-117 – the "Master Chief" – as a playable protagonist.

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Having been lost in space since the finale of 2007's Halo 3, Master Chief and AI sidekick Cortana, adrift aboard the wreckage of the UNSC frigate Forward Unto Dawn, find themselves near a "mysterious planet" (where no doubt by this time our John is dying to stretch his cybernetically enhanced legs and take a well-earned comfort break).

From here you can guess all sorts of alien-induced gunplay/large explosions/planet annihilation will ensue.

Called "Scanned", fans of the hugely successful first-person-shooter game series will no doubt be slavering to get a look at new foes, the Prometheans, in all their extra-terrestrial glory.

We like Fincher's vision of the recruits' transition from human to Spartan super soldiers, complete with rather disturbing cyborg surgery scenes.

And if you cannot wait till the November game launch to see the return of Master Chief, then check out the five-part Forward Unto Dawn

live-action web series below.

However, all this "live-action" hubbub serves to remind us what might have been had the attempt, seven years ago, to create a live-action film of the game ever made the light of day.

Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd), no less, wrote the first script. Peter Jackson was supposedly up for executive producer and at one point Guillermo del Toro was in negotiations to direct.

Now Steven Spielberg's name has been associated with the franchise – so, who knows, it might still happen. But we wouldn't advise you to hold your breath.

Halo 4 is out on 6 November on Xbox 360, www.halowaypoint.com

The standard edition of “Halo 4” will be available for £50, and the Limited Edition, including an extended 90-minute version of Forward Unto Dawn, will be available for £70

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