Showtime's Halo TV series, which has been in-development for a long time now, hit another setback today as executive producer and director Rupert Wyatt steps down from the Halo series adaptation.
According to Deadline, Showtime Networks president of program Gary Levine says that scheduling conflicts has forced Wyatt to step away from the project. "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," says Levine.
"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," says Wyatt in a separate statement. The split seems amicable, though you never know with Hollywood.
Earlier this year Showtime finally seemed ready to move forward with the Halo live-action TV series after it was initially announced way back in 2013 as part of Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television. Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was announced as director for several of the 10 episodes as well as executive producer.
Showtime pitched Halo as a sprawling, mythology-building series that sounded like it could go toe-to-toe with some of today's biggest epics like Game of Thrones. ""Kyle Killen's scripts are thrilling, expansive and provocative, Rupert Wyatt is a wonderful, world-building director, and their vision of 'Halo' will enthrall fans of the game while also drawing the uninitiated into a world of complex characters that populate this unique universe," Showtime CEO David Nevins said at the time.
Previous live-action projects for Halo include a tie-in to Halo 5: Guardians called Halo Nightfall produced by director Ridley Scott and starring Luke Cage's Mike Colter.
Meanwhile Microsoft, who is working on the Halo TV series alongside 343 Industries, Showtime, and Amblin, announced Halo Infinite at E3 2018 earlier this year as the next entry into the Halo series.