Clyde Phillips, executive producer for Dexter: New Blood, recently admitted the continuation has been in the works since the original series wrapped up in 2013.
"Look, it's no surprise that many people were disappointed with the ending of Season 8, which I was not involved in," Phillips told EW in a new interview. "I left after the fourth season."
Phillips added that, after Dexter's series finale aired, rumors started immediately "that maybe there was going to be an attempt to do something about it."
"And every once in a while, Michael C. Hall would be interviewed and somebody would ask, 'Are you gonna go back to Dexter?'" Phillips continued. "He'd say, 'I'm not sure, but I'm not closing the door.' And then somebody would send me that interview and I'd call him and we'd talk about it."
Phillips also revealed that they even tried to write a script with Chip Johannessen, who took over as Dexter showrunner when Phillips departed the series after Season 4, but noted "that didn't work out." He went on to explain, "And then two years ago, Gary Levine, the president of Showtime, called me at my place on Martha's Vineyard and said, 'We think Michael's ready.' And part of it had to do with Michael just feeling it was the right time."
Phillips' latest comments build on statements Levine shared earlier this year, when he explained the disappointing series finale "gnawed a little at us, and gnawed a little at Michael." "The show was untethered, and the character was untethered," Levine said at the time. "I wasn't in the room, and many factors go into it between executive producers and the network. But as an audience member with a vested interest, the show lost its way."
While New Blood features a ton of fan-favorite characters, Hall revealed ahead of the first episode that the new season wouldn't be a straightforward continuation of the original series. "Most of the building blocks that create a sense of the show's world have changed. The color palette of the show is different. Every piece of the landscape both externally and internally is altered," he said. "We're not self-consciously thinking about whether it is less or more edgy, but it's informed by and redefined by a completely different context."
Based on the novel series by Jeff Lindsay, Dexter: New Blood airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly
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