Can 2020 be over with already?
The long-awaited live-action television series Halo for Showtime is still on schedule for release next year in 2021 (as far as we know). But, they’ll have to proceed without action movie director M.J. Bassett.
During an exclusive interview with LRM Online in promotion for action-horror film Rogue, Bassett explained to us that she was on set for two days before the production shut down. Due to the delayed restart production plans, Bassett committed to other projects and unable to return to this mega-franchise.
“I can’t go back to Halo after the outbreak, because I have another project to go to,” she broke the bad news. “I got within two days of shooting my episodes, and then we got closed down. It’s horrible to bail and to walk away from something, which is going to be so exciting.”
Although she can’t reveal specific details on the project, she graciously gave us what to expect.
“It’s massive beyond belief. It’s the most expensive thing I’ve ever worked on,” she said enthusiastically. “Pablo Schreiber is going to be an amazing Master Chief. The designs are incredible. I’ve seen some of the early episodes. It’s going to be an extraordinary show. I’m heartbroken not to be able to go back to it.”
Bassett directed many genre films and television shows in the past decade, which had great fans and following. In 2002, she burst into the directing scene with Deathwatch and developed a fantasy cult following with Solomon Kane. In the following years, she directed episodes of Ash vs Evil Dead, Strike Back, Taken, Iron Fist, Power, Altered Carbon, and Motherland: Fort Salem.
Rogue is a film that blends her love for nature, particularly lions, in an action-horror setting. The film stars Megan Fox as a mission ops leader saving kidnapped teens from a terrorist group by hiding out in a lion farm. The exclusive full interview with director M.J. Bassett will be published later this week.
As for the Halo television series, it focuses on the 26th-century war between the United Nations Space Command and the alien Covenant. Schreiber is the lead as Master Chief with Natascha McElhone as the artificial intelligence Cortana and Catherine Halsey. Other stars include Shabana Azmi, Bokeem Woodbine, Kate Kennedy, Natasha Culzac, and Bentley Kalu.
Let’s cross our fingers that it’ll be done in time for 2021.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive