The Rise of The Planet of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt recently explained to Collider why he left the X-Men spin-off Gambit over budgetary reasons. He now tells Collider why he also left Showtime’s live-action Halo series, this time it came down to a time commitment he wasn’t ready to give to the show.

“I got involved, I knew very little about Halo—same as I knew very little about Planet of the Apes when I got involved—and I kind of steeped myself in the mythology and began to realize how much incredible literature there was and the depth of the storytelling, and it all stacked up for me. There was an incredible foundation for the storytelling, so it was gangbusters. I was super excited. In short, I think if I had come at it from an earlier perspective from the building of it then perhaps it would have gone differently, but as a director of a TV show it’s quite hard to sort of become a creative architect of a show. I think in a way I was never gonna be that, and that’s fine because there are really many talented people involved in that show who are doing that job.”

“So it became clear that there was gonna be more time needed, I’m talking some months if not years, to align—as you probably know it’s massively ambitious, so the budget for that really needs to align with the scripts. We were still kind of working on that, but it ultimately wasn’t under my watch to be able to find that alignment. So there was a choice made by Showtime which was essentially to push things, and if I had been perhaps been the showrunner then I would have stayed on that journey for two or three years, but as a director of a finite number of episodes, there are other things I really wanna do. So I was very sad to leave, but basically, it wasn’t within the framework that I originally signed up for.”

Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror director Otto Bathurst recently replaced Wyatt on the video game science fiction action series and may begin filming this summer as long as the director change-up hasn’t led to any unseen delays on production.

Showtime has previously confirmed that Master Chief will appear in the show and it would be expected that given the Budapest location, they’ll be spending a lot of money on practical sets for the various planets, military outposts, and battlefields we assume that will be created for the show.

Our pals over at DiscussingFilm expect that the Halo series may begin filming on June 17th in Budapest, Hungary. I previously confirmed they would be filming in Budapest while at OmegaUnderground.

An official air date hasn’t been announced by Showtime but it’s expected to start rolling out sometime next year.


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