Rupert Wyatt Says He Hopes to Shoot ECHO CHAMBER Next Year or the Year After; 10-Part TV Series Will Have a Sci-Fi Context

     December 19, 2014


Director Rupert Wyatt’s been attached to Echo Chamber for quite a while now.  Back in 2012, it was reported that HBO was developing the miniseries, which would cover the true story of a British solider who infiltrates the Irish Republican Army in the 1980s.  As he rises through the ranks, he must deal with betrayal and life threatening situations.

At that time, the plan was to air the series as three 90-minute telecasts, but that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore.  On top of that, while talking to Wyatt for his upcoming release, The Gambler, he told me that Echo Chamber isn’t about the British solider/IRA scenario specifically and that his take has a sci-fi component to it.  Hit the jump for more.

rupert-wyatt-the-gamblerHere’s what Wyatt said when asked if he’s in pre-production on Echo Chamber:

“I’ve been in pre-production on that for five years and it’s really because it’s a 10-part TV series, science fiction, that Daniel Hardy, my co-writer and I, we’ve been building gradually in between projects.  So what I hope is, whether it be next year or the year after, we’ll go into it.  But my intention is to shoot all 10 episodes and be across all of it, so it’s a huge undertaking, but it’s my passion project, yeah.”

Assuming Wyatt was sticking close to the true story and putting that British solider at the heart of the series, I followed up by asking if he was working with anyone on the role.  Here’s what he said:

“You know what?  It’s based on a true story of a British solider who goes undercover into the IRA, but we transferred it to a more science fiction context, so it follows the same trajectory of the character but it’s a different setting though.”

So it looks like the series isn’t about a British solider and the IRA after all.  It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly how far Wyatt will go with the sci-fi approach, but it does seem safe to assume that no matter what the setting is, the show still will include the undercover element.  And Wyatt could be getting some extensive experience in the sci-fi realm soon if rumors about him being the top contender to direct Star Trek 3 prove true.