Sunday, June 11, 2006

It's Showtime for Dexter

You may remember I wrote a review of the books Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter back in September. Actually, you probably won't remember because you probably weren't reading my blog yet, so go read it.

Looks like Showtime will be doing a series based on my favorite serial killer. It will be interesting to see if they can pull it off, because the main thing that made the character believable, and sympathetic, was our access to his internal thought processes. Not sure how they can achieve that without heavy voiceover, which is hard to do well.

Michael C. Hall (David from "Six Feet Under") will be playing the do-gooder doer-in. He's not exactly how I pictured Dexter, but he might be able to pull it off.

Showtime has ordered 12 hour-long episodes of the show. Michael Cuesta (also from "Six Feet Under" and the movie L.I.E.) will be directing. Much as I liked "Six Feet Under," it had an underlying sense of seriousness that could get in the way of the tongue-in-cheek Dexter. And if it doesn't hit the right note, it could be potentially offensive.

I don't know yet if the plot will mirror the books, or if the episodes are just based on the character. It will be interesting either way. I'll be watching.

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