Rupert Wyatt has reportedly stepped down as director and executive producer of Showtime’s proposed TV series based on the “HALO” video game franchise.
Showtime announced the series was greenlit back in January, handing out a ten-episode order for the sci-fi action drama with Kyle Killen (“Awake”) to serve as executive producer and showrunner. Wyatt was to executive produce and direct multiple episodes, including the pilot.
Wyatt said in a statement: “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.”
The series order followed on from more than four years in development as a series and over a decade of development as a potential film. Microsoft/343 Industries and Amblin Television are to produce the series which was aiming for an early 2019 filming start – whether that will remain the case is unclear.
To date since the first game launched in 2001, the “Halo” games have sold more than 77 million copies worldwide and grossed more than $5 billion in sales. The Showtime series will take place in the same universe and dramatize an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and the alien threat known as the Covenant.