Showtime has announced that it will be rebooting its hit serial killer drama Dexter next year. Planned to begin shooting in early 2021, the reboot will reunite original showrunner Clyde Phillips with actor Michael C. Hall (who portrayed the titular character, Dexter Morgan, in the original run) and run as a ten-part special on the network in late 2021.
— Dexter on Showtime (@SHO_Dexter) October 14, 2020
Gary Levine, co-president of entertainment at Showtime, had initially stated that the network would only revisit the character if it could find a unique angle to bring him back. As can be reasonably assumed due to this announcement, the network got its new angle.
Levine has this to say about the reboot: “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.”
What we don’t know is if this reboot will be a continuation of the original eight-season run or some kind of alternate take on the character. Many viewers lament how disappointing the last season of the show was -it often ranks with Game of Thrones for “worst final seasons“-, so this could be a prime opportunity to either retcon it, or move past it. Either way, fans can expect more blood and guts in the not so distant future.