There are but a few certainties in life: Death, taxes, and the inevitable disintegration of Halo adaptations. Today’s news concerns the latter, as Variety reports that director and executive producer Rupert Wyatt has exited Showtime’s Halo TV series due to (spins wheel) good old fashioned scheduling conflicts. Says Wyatt:
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.
According to Showtime’s president of programming Gary Levine, Halo’s schedule underwent a sizable change due to “enormous” production demands. While it seems that the parting was amicable, the folks at /Film have heard that those “enormous” production costs are the real problem here, and that Wyatt’s exit is just the start of bigger issues for Halo. The original scripts for the 10-episode series were well within budget, but both the scope and cost of Halo have (unsurprisingly) skyrocketed.
Although Kyle Killen remains on board as showrunner, it’s unclear if and how the series will move forward from here unless Showtime accepts what are presumably some insane Game Of Thrones-level budget numbers.