Back in June, we brought you the news that Showtime had teamed up with Microsoft to bring Master Chief to the TV screen with a 10-episode series based on the Halo franchise. One of the reasons that we were excited about this project was that Rupert Wyatt was onboard to direct the pilot as well as several other episodes. Well, we are sad to hear that Wyatt is no longer attached to the series.
While Rupert Wyatt may not be a household name, you’ve probably seen his work as he directed ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, the Mark Wahlberg movie ‘The Gambler’, the brilliant prison escape movie ‘The Escapist’, and the intriguing ‘Captive State’ that is due to release next year. Our hopes need not be completely dashed though as he hasn’t left because of “creative differences” but a scheduling conflict.
Wyatt released the following statement –
It’s with great disappointment that changes to the production schedule of Halo prevent me from continuing in my role as a director on the series. My time on Halo has been a creatively rich and rewarding experience with a phenomenal team of people. I now join the legion of fans out there, excited to see the finished series and wishing everyone involved the very best.
Gary Levine, Showtime’s President of Programming, also commented –
Showtime’s adaptation of Halo is evolving beautifully with rich characters, compelling stories and powerful scripts. Obviously, the production demands of this series are enormous, and we have had to add time to the schedule in order to do it right. Sadly, this delay has created a conflict for Rupert, whom we warmly thank for all he has brought to the project.
Here’s hoping that Showtime is able to recruit another top-notch director to fill Wyatt’s shoes and deliver a show that the Halo franchise deserves.