The recently announced Dexter revival is enlisting another familiar face, with director Marcos Siega signing on to helm and exec produce 6 episodes of the 10-episode miniseries. This should come as welcome news to fans of the show, with Siega being a frequent collaborator of returning Dexter showrunner Clyde Phillips, as well as having directed several episodes of the show during its original run.
Marcos Siega has since leant his talents to such shows as The CW's Batwoman, drama fantasy series The Vampire Diaries, crime series The Following, warped romance You, and is directing HBO Max's The Flight Attendant starring Kaley Cuoco.
Having Seiga on board is a great sign for the revival series, which will once again follow Dexter Morgan, a man with homicidal tendencies, who is living a double life. The original run of the series found him working as a forensic technician specializing in bloodstain pattern analysis for the fictional Miami Metro Police Department, while also leading a secret parallel life as a vigilante serial killer, hunting down murderers who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system. The revival is set to pick up with Dexter 10 years after going missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura and will see the character now living under an assumed name in a world away from Miami.
The 10-episode series was announced back in October, with showrunner Clyde Phillips since providing some clarity on what to expect when Dexter returns. "We basically do get to start from scratch. ... Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage," he revealed. "So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It's a great opportunity to write a second finale."
The Dexter finale has become infamous and is often cited as an example of how not to end a long-running series, with many fans finding nothing but disappointment when the show was brought to close after 9 seasons back in 2013. Phillips has noted that the revival would offer an opportunity to make things right with viewers after the critically panned ending. "We're not undoing anything," he said. "We're not going to betray the audience and say, 'Whoops, that was all a dream.' What happened in the first eight years, happened in the first eight years."
The reveal that Dexter would indeed be returning to screens was by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. who said at the time, "Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago. We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can't wait to shoot it and show it to the world!"
The Dexter revival has been described as closed-ended, though it will follow on directly from where the original series left off, with the anti-hero having gone into self-imposed exile and living a solitary life as a lumberjack. It will see the return of Michael C. Hall as the titular killer, with production scheduled to begin early next year for a planned release date of fall 2021. This comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.