Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has exited Showtime’s upcoming Halo television series based on the popular video game franchise from Bungie.
Wyatt released an official statement citing scheduling conflicts as the reason for his exit due to a delay in the series’ production:
“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.”
Showtime president of programming Gary Levine also released a statement commenting on Wyatt’s exit while also explaining the cause in delay for the upcoming series:
“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.”
The Halo series is set to begin production some time in June 2019 in Budapest, with Kyle Killen serving as the executive producer, writer and showrunner. Halo was ordered to series last summer at the premium cabler with 10-episode order adapting the video game. Wyatt was attached to serve as executive producer and director multiple episodes of the series.
In addition to Killen, Scott Pennington is also serving as executive producer alongside Amblin’s TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The live-action Halo series is an Amblin Television, Showtime, and Microsoft/343 Industries production.
The official description for the Halo series describes it as an “epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.” Showtime teased a “richly imagined” future featuring deeply drawn personal stories” in the series.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the live-action Halo series from Showtime as we learn it.
‘Captain Marvel’ Funko Toys Confirm Carol Danvers’ Cat Will Appear
With just about four months away from the release of Captain Marvel, Funko has now revealed its upcoming line of Pop! Vinyl Figures that are tied-in to the highly-anticipated film that features Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, the titular heroine and perhaps the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The reveal of this new line of Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures show off some of the characters set to appear in the film, one of which includes Carol Danvers' feline companion Goose the Cat.
The name of our heroine's cat may come as a surprise to fans of the comics because in previous incarnations, Captain Marvel's cat is named Chewie and is actually part of the Flerken species.
You can check out two collectible Funko figures of Goose the Cat in the gallery down below. You can start viewing the images by clicking "Next".
Are you excited to see Carol Danvers' Goose the Cat in the film? What do you make of the new name choice instead of Chewie? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the MCU.
Here is the synopsis for the film:
Based on the Marvel comic character first appearing in 1968, the story follows Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” is an all-new adventure from a previously unseen period in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, McKenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Captain Marvel will be released in theaters on March 8, 2019.