After years of waiting, and what looks like a few more yet before fans will finally see that ‘Halo‘ television series on Showtime, it looks like the project has suffered yet another blow this week, losing its director and executive producer due to a change in the production schedule that Rupert Wyatt could not accommodate.
Fortunately, at least in public, the parting between Wyatt and Showtime seems amicable as when Wyatt left the series this week, he offered the following remarks for the fans following the progress of the long-anticipated show:
“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.”
Wyatt’s words sounded very positive in regards to the series itself, which should comfort fans fearful his leaving might be a bad omen, especially after so many delays already. But Showtime still seems confident in their investment and the future of the show. According to a statement made by Gary Levine, Showtime Network’s President of Programming, in regards to the situation:
“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.”
As most fans remember, ‘Halo’ started off initially as a series that would have premiered on Xbox itself as part of its original content package that they announced back in 2013, a venture that seemed full of promise with names like Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg rumored and eventually attached. Over the past 5 years, it has gone through what some might describe as development hell before finally landing at Showtime where it is finally moving forward, with production originally set to begin in 2019, though that might get pushed now as they look for a new director and continue to look for their cast.
What are your thoughts on Rupert Wyatt stepping down? Could there be more strife behind the scenes? Or is it simply a scheduling conflict as Showtime pushes for the show to be bigger and more expansive than originally planned? As always, feel free to share your theories in the comments below!