And so it begins. We all knew this was too good to be true. Halo has had a storied history in terms of its being adapted for the screen (big or small). It was originally set to be adapted by Peter Jackson in a film, and as time went on, we all realized that was never going to happen. From there, it made its way in an underwhelming webseries, and our hopes of a properly adapted film dwindled.
But what about television? That certainly could be an option, especially in an era where Game of Thrones is a thing, right? Showtime nabbed the rights and seemed well on its way with Rupert Wyatt on board to direct and executive produce the show. Now, thanks to a new report from Variety, it looks like they’ve hit their first speed bump…in the form of Wyatt’s stepping down from the project.
“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,” Wyatt said in a statement. “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.”
This isn’t a small loss for the project. After all, in the world of TV, executive producers tend to be real driving forces. Does this mean the project is doomed before it’s started? Presumably anticipating this thought, Gary Levine, Showtime’s president of programming shared the following statement:
“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.”
So as it stands, it looks like scheduling conflicts are to blame for this departure as opposed to the typical creative differences excuse. Of course, we don’t know how much of that is true, but if it is, it could hint at the fact that the show is still headed in the right direction…now we’ll have to wait and see if they’re able to bring someone one to take over before it’s too late.
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