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Star Wars reportedly adds Mace Windu spinoff series to Disney Plus plans

Published: 14/Sep/2020 6:37 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 7:20

by Isaac McIntyre

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Lucasfilm is fast-tracking plans for a young Mace Windu spinoff series, according to Star Wars insiders, with original star Samuel L Jackson set to make his franchise return as part of the planned Disney Plus prequel series.

Star Wars has had major success in the world of streaming in recent times and, according to behind the scenes reports, are now doubling down on Disney Plus.

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The latest news on that front comes from trusted Star Wars insider Daniel Richtman. He has reported Jedi master Mace Windu will be taking center stage in his own limited-run Disney Plus series, set years before The Phantom Menace.

According to Richtman, the green-lit Disney+ series will cast a new, younger actor as Windu. Samuel L. Jackson, 71, is also in talks to shoot multiple “flashforward” scenes, set during the Clone Wars.

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The Star Wars insider also suggested this project could be a single-shot prequel film based on a young Windu. Lucasfilm has not responded to the rumors.

Samuel L. Jackson played Mace Windu in three Star Wars movies between 1999 and 2005.
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Samuel L Jackson played Mace Windu in three Star Wars movies between 1999 and 2005.

If the reports are true ⁠— and remember these are rumors, so things may yet change ⁠— then Samuel L. Jackson would likely sign on the dotted line soon after talks begin.

“I’d really love to give one more run at Mace Windu in Star Wars,” the veteran Hollywood star said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last year. He also told JOE.co.uk he was waiting by the phone: “I’m that guy. All they gotta do is call.”

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“I’ve still got my purple lightsaber. I’m ready,” Jackson joked at ComicCon last year.

Jackson last portrayed Mace Windu in animated Star Wars movie “The Clone Wars,” before handing the voice-acting reins to Terrence C. Carson for the series.

The 71-year-old played the Jedi master in three Star Wars films. The character made his debut in The Phantom Menace, and had major roles in Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith before being killed by Anakin Skywalker and Darth Sidious.

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Mace Windu was killed by Darth Sidious and Anakin Skywalker as the latter fell to the dark side in Revenge of the Sith.
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Mace Windu was killed by Darth Sidious & Anakin Skywalker as the latter fell to the dark side.

The rumored Mace Windu spinoff project joins a host of other reported shows apparently set to debut on Disney Plus over the next few years.

These include an animated Kylo Ren show, similar to The Clone Wars and Rebels, as well as a rumored Ahsoka Tano solo series and a plotted Boba Fett revival.

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Disney Plus also has a number of confirmed Star Wars series already on the run. The second season of The Mandalorian will drop next month, The Bad Batch will arrive next year, and the Obi-Wan limited-series run is coming in mid-2022.

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Dexter fans have mixed feelings on Showtime limited series revival

Published: 15/Oct/2020 0:55

by Brent Koepp

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Dexter is getting a brand new season. On October 14, Showtime announced their plans to revive the franchise for a limited series. However, fans are torn about the beloved serial killer’s return. 

As any fan of Dexter can attest to, the show has had many ups and downs. Despite starting off strong, its final season was universally hated by critics, and its lumberjack ending was mocked online for years.

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On October 14, Showtime surprised viewers when it announced that actor Michael C. Hall would be returning to play the serial killer once again in a new limited time series. Fans, however, are torn on the franchise getting a second chance.

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The iconic serial-killer will make his return.

Dexter’s return has fans feeling confused

Dexter originally made its debut in 2006, and had viewers glued to the edge of their seats with its unique premise. Its story about a serial killer who only murders bad guys was disturbingly entertaining.

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While the series started off strong with many praising season four as a masterpiece, its final half was received much harsher by both critics and fans. Its final season and ending was pretty well disliked.

Despite its uneven legacy, Showtime announced their plans to bring show back from the dead on October 14 with a tweet. “Surprise Motherfu*ker. He’s back,” it read, alongside a short video that said, “Being away has been murder. Dexter returns.”

The surprising announcement immediately sparked a debate on social media, as fans were torn on the series’ return. One user replied to Showtime’s reveal tweet with a graph depicting the series’ decline critically. “This u?” they said.

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Many fans reacted to the news negatively, citing its final season and poor writing, such as a Twitter user that exclaimed, “hopefully he kills whoever wrote the last season.” Another fan agreed and criticized the show’s previous showrunner: “If Scott Buck is involved, I won’t be watching, frankly.”

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Despite the backlash, some viewers were actually happy about its return. Users that either loved the entire show or saw the new limited series as chance to redeem Dexter’s legacy were thrilled by the announcement.

A fan celebrated the story continuing, and said, “Yes baby I knew the story wasn’t over Glad Michael C Hall is back for more killing!” Another Dexter viewer wrote, “I love you showtime. Dexter is like a family member you havent seen in years. so happy to see our Dark Defender return!!!”

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Regardless of how you feel about the series’ return, Dexter is one of the most popular TV shows in the last decade. Its dark story captured the imaginations of millions and won four Emmys.

There is also no denying that Michael C. Hall’s portrayal of the beloved serial killer is iconic. Only time will tell if the limited series will help revive the show’s legacy.

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