The Halo series has lost its showrunner, while two books are getting made into horror films in this edition of SYFY WIRE's development roundup.
First up, Showtime's adaptation of the mega-popular XBox franchise Halo has lost its director and producer, Rupert Wyatt. Deadline has word that delays in the series' production have caused a scheduling issue, meaning the Rise of the Planet of the Apes director won't be available to helm the project. Kyle Killen remains attached as showrunner.
"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," said Wyatt. "My time on Halo has been a creatively rich and rewarding experience with a phenomenal team of people."
This is yet another setback in the long-gestating series. It was first announced back in 2013 as the kickoff to XBox's foray into original productions. The studio shuttered the following year, and it's been in development at Showtime since. At this point, the series is looking for a replacement director and still casting for roles. No specifics were mentioned about what caused the latest round of delays forcing Wyatt's exit.
Next up, Sam Raimi will produce a film adaptation of James Herbert’s horror novel Shrine for Screen Gems, Deadline is reporting.
Shrine centers on a disgraced journalist who discovers a series of miracles in a small New England town and uses them to resurrect his career. But he later discovers that these so-called miracles may not in fact be so divine.
Hercules and Beauty and the Beast screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos has been tapped to write and make his directorial debut on the feature.
Finally, Laura Moss and Brendan J. O’Brien have been tapped to write the adaptive screenplay for Our Lady of The Inferno, a film based on the horror novel by Preston Fassel, Deadline has also revealed.
Set in Times Square in the 1980s, Our Lady of The Inferno tells the intersecting stories of two women. One is Ginny Kurva, a 21-year-old polymath who works as a madam to a stable of working girls. The other is Nicolette Aster, a city safety inspector and serial killer who kidnaps women to hunt and murder them in a labyrinth she created in the Staten Island landfill.
Fassel’s novel was released earlier this year as the first novel under Fangoria’s Fangoria Presents imprint. Moss and O’Brien will work with Fassel on the script.
*Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed Rupert Wyatt as showrunner of Halo. He is a director, Kyle Killen remains attached as showrunner.