Steven Kane, the showrunner for the live action adaptation of the Halo series, is leaving the show once production for season one is finished filming, according to Deadline. This will not impact the current state of the show, but, if it is renewed for a second season, Kane will not be involved.
No reason was provided for the departure besides Kane’s eagerness to work on other projects. He had spent almost the past two years in Budapest filming the show on and off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other delays.
This is not the first time the Halo show had seen key staff members leave or some part of production be hampered by delays. Kyle Kinnen was originally set to be a showrunner alongside Kane but left before production even started.
Planet of the Apes director, Rupert Wyatt, was originally meant to direct the show but he also had to leave due to a scheduling conflict. Another director named Otto Bathurst took over Wyatt’s role a few months later.
Where the show will air even had some rocky developments over the course of show’s production. It was originally supposed to air on Showtime before it was decided it would instead be on Paramount+.
The Halo TV show is not the only upcoming Halo project that has had a rocky development history. Multiple key staff members of Halo Infinite have left 343 Industries during the game’s development. Tim Longo, Mary Olson, and Chris Lee, along with other staff members left during Infinite’s development cycle, putting the game in an increasingly precarious situation.
Halo Infinite was recently showcased at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, showing how the game is currently shaping up. Still, no exact release date was given, even though it is supposed to come out later this year.
The Halo TV show is set to premiere on Paramount+ sometime in early 2022 while Halo Infinite is supposed to come out during the holidays later this year. For more about the Halo show, click here and for more about Halo Infinite’s rocky history, click here.