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For a decade and a half, Hollywood and numerous filmmakers have been trying to launch Xbox’s extremely successful video game series “Halo” into a film franchise. Unfortunately, those plans have hit a wall time and time again, regardless of who was developing the movie.

The evolution of content creation and television in the last two decades has given “Halo” fans hope that the franchise could work better as a TV series. The best someone could do was the mediocre digital series “Halo: Nightfall” — which failed to make a lasting impression.

However, it’s been reported via Xbox News that Showtime has greenlit a new TV series based on the game, which network president and CEO David Nevins is calling “our most ambitious series ever.” The network has ordered a full 10-episode first season, with Kyle Killen serving as showrunner.

Halo’s new TV series will begin production early 2019. Full plot details haven’t been released yet, but the show is expected to focus on the epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant.

Showtime is hopeful the series will resonate with the passionate fanbase and provide the network with the same kind of series that “Game of Thrones” has been for HBO and what the new “Lord of the Rings” series may be for Amazon. There’s no question Showtime is reaching for the stars, but it has plenty of time to ensure the project lives up to the hype. Success with “Halo” could be a game changer to alter how Hollywood views video game franchises.

Lamar Green

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