The Long-Awaited HALO Series Will Be Directed by ROBIN HOOD Director Otto Bathurst
I was excited for the Steven Spielberg-produced Halo series when director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) was attached to direct it. He ended up dropping out to to scheduling conflicts, and now he’s been replaced by director Otto Bathurst, the filmmaker behind the recent Robin Hood movie reboot.
I don’t know how you all felt about Robin Hood, but I thought it was awful. But he has also worked on shows such as Peaky Blinders and Black Mirror. My excitement for this Halo series isn’t as strong as it used to be, but maybe it will surprise me.
Halo has been trying to get a proper adaptation made since 2005 when Peter Jackson, Neill Blomkamp, Guillermo del Toro, and Alex Garland were working on it. That would have been an epic team of talent! Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.
Showtime is obviously hoping to bring Halo to life in a way that will make fans happy, but we’ll have to wait and see what comes of it.
The series will tell a brand new story that will not be based on any of the games. That story is said to be set in the 26th-century and will deal with the conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. You'll also be happy to know that Master Chief will have a lead role in it.
Steven Spielberg and his Amblin TV are producing the 10 episode series along with Awake creator and writer Kyle Killen. David Nevins, President and CEO Showtime Networks previously said:
"Halo is our most ambitious series ever, and we expect audiences who have been anticipating it for years to be thoroughly rewarded. In the history of television, there simply has never been enough great science fiction. 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."
What do you think about Otto Bathurst being brought in to direct Halo? Do you think he has what it takes to deliver a great series?