… Because director and executive producer Rupert Wyatt has quit the project. This is the same Halo TV series that’s been in and out of development since 2013, when it was first announced in collaboration with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television company, and we’re probably going to invent slipspace travel, colonise space, and watch the Covenant glass the planet before it’s out.
Wyatt, whose previous credits include Rise of the Planet of the Apes and is currently working on sci-fi thriller Captive State, has exited the TV show citing timetable problems.
“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,” he explains. “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.”
US premium network Showtime signed Halo for a 10-episode debut season back in July, describing the series as its “most ambitious ever” – to put that in perspective, some of its other original programming includes Dexter, Weeds, and Shameless, so it’s kind of a big deal. If it’s ever actually completed.
“Showtime’s adaptation of Halo is evolving beautifully with rich characters, compelling stories and powerful scripts,” the company’s president of programming Gary Levine adds, presumably to preclude those awkward questions. “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.”
The series was expected to start filming sometime in 2019, but now who even knows.