Showtime's Halo live-action series might have been moving along nicely with the series finally finding an actor to play the video game franchise's Master Chief, but it looks like production has reached a little bump on the road with director Rupert Wyatt leaving the project.
The news might come as a disappointment to Halo videogamers and fans, but The Wrap just recently reported that Wyatt, the director of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, decided to take his leave from Showtime's project because of conflict in schedule. According to the publication, Wyatt will no longer serve as director or as executive producer of the Halo live-action series.
Here's what Showtime's President of Programming Gary Levin said in a statement:
"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."
In a separate statement, Wyatt also admitted that while it was also disappointing for him to leave the series, "changes to the production schedule of Halo prevents me from continuing in my role as a director on the series."
Right now, Showtime is actively looking for another filmmaker to helm the series, though it's rather uncertain who will replace Wyatt as Halo's director. This may slow down the production of the series, but the project has barely begun, so it's very likely that Showtime has some time to spare to search for another director for the show.
The Halo series has yet to receive a release date but we'll update everyone as soon as we get word.