Lost in the Buffet: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Lose Writers; ‘Halo’ Finds a Director; New Image from ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’

Lost in the Buffet collects major movie news that just happened to get lost in the heaping buffet of film delicacies. In this edition we have the Deadpool writers jumping ship on the Pirates of the Caribbean reboot, Halo finding a director, and a new image from the Mister Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Deadline has revealed that Deadpool writers Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick have abandoned writing duties for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean reboot.

Insiders say Reese & Wernick are no longer working on a sixth installment in the $4.5 billion box office series. It’s unknown what will happen to the property now. My take: If they won’t continue on from the fifth film’s post-credits tease and wrap up the original series once-and-for-all, I say just leave it beached.

Showtime announced that Otto Bathurst (Black Mirror, Robin Hood) will direct the pilot and multiple episodes of Halo. Kyle Killen will serve as Halo’s executive producer, writer, and showrunner. Bathurst is coming off of directing two episodes of the BBC’s His Dark Materials.

Halo will “take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. Halo will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future.”

The series will consist of nine episodes. Production is set to start later this year.

Sony has released a new image from its Mister Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with the accompanying text: “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood hits theaters November 22, 2019.