The director and executive producer of a series that’s in the works at Showtime has stepped down. Variety reports that Rupert Wyatt announced his exit from “Halo.”
Wyatt released a statement saying: “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.”
Variety notes that Wyatt, who previously directed the feature film “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and has been readying the film “Captive State” for a March 2019 release, had been attached to direct multiple episodes of “Halo” along with his role as executive producer.
The report quotes Gary Levine, Showtime’s president of programming, saying: “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.”
Variety adds: “It was announced back in June that Showtime had ordered a 10-episode series based on the megahit video game after it had been in development at the premium cabler for years.”
Showtime describes the series as an “epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.”