This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about a live-action Pokemon series in development at Netflix, the release date of Dexter: New Blood, and a scripted Vince McMahon limited-series.

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Pokemon live-action Netflix series, Dexter: New Blood, & Vince McMahon series – 2021-07-28

Live-action Pokemon series in development at Netflix

According to Variety, a new Pokemon series is in early development at Netflix.

As the project is still in its early days, no details are available about the plot. However, sources say that Joe Henderson is attached to write and executive produce. Henderson currently serves as co-showrunner and executive producer on the popular Netflix series “Lucifer,” which is preparing to air its sixth and final season at the streamer.

Sources also say that the project would be a live-action series similar to the Detective Pikachu film starring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith that was released in 2019.

The move to develop an original Netflix Pokemon series comes as the streamer has made itself the home to multiple existing Pokemon shows, including “Pokemon: Indigo League” and “Pokemon Journeys” among others. The streamer has also been making a strong push into anime in recent years, having previously announced original series based on “Far Cry,” “Splinter Cell,” and “Terminator”, while also moving into more live-action adaptations of anime titles as well, including the upcoming “Cowboy Bebop” and “One Piece” live-action shows.

Dexter: New Blood limited series release date revealed

During Dexter’s Comic-Con@Home panel for the upcoming special event series, now officially titled Dexter: New Blood, a sneak peek trailer was released teasing the return of the Dark Passenger. The limited series will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, November 7th.

Set 10 years after Dexter went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura, the series finds him living under an assumed name, Jim Lindsay, in the small town of Iron Lake, New York. Dexter may be embracing his new life, but in the wake of unexpected events in this close-knit community, his Dark Passenger beckons.

Joining Hall, the cast also includes Julia Jones, Alano Miller, Johnny Sequoyah, Jack Alcott, and Clancy Brown. It was recently revealed that Jennifer Carpenter and John Lithgow will be reprising their roles as Debra Morgan and the Trinity Killer, respectively.

Reuniting Hall with original series showrunner Clyde Phillips, Dexter: New Blood is currently in production on 10 one-hour episodes in Western Massachusetts.

Vince McMahon limited series in the works from WWE & Blumhouse

Blumhouse Television has officially teamed up with WWE to develop a brand new scripted series titled The United States of America vs. Vince McMahon. The series will be centered around the 90s steroids case where McMahon was accused by the government of giving steroids to wrestlers.

McMahon has been at the helm of WWE for approximately four decades. During that time, he oversaw the expansion of the company into the dominant force in professional wrestling, bringing it to a national audience with an immense cultural impact. In addition to working behind the scenes, he began appearing onscreen as the Mr. McMahon character in the mid-1990s, famously feuding with top star Stone Cold Steve Austin among others.

In 1994, the U.S. government indicted McMahon for allegedly supplying anabolic steroids to WWE talent. McMahon, with his liberty at stake, two school-aged children at home, and WWE on the brink of bankruptcy, refused to take a plea deal. Ultimately, McMahon stood trial and was acquitted unanimously by a jury of his peers and went on to build the WWE into a multi-billion-dollar empire.

Blumhouse Television President Chris McCumber said, “We have a dramatic, riveting saga – one that’s crazier than fiction – that will appeal to the cross-section of Blumhouse and WWE fans. To say I’m thrilled about collaborating again with WWE is an understatement.”

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Rob Logan

Rob is a movie buff, computer whiz, gamer, huge Batman fan, and above all... a geek. In addition to being the Founder and Host of The Geek Generation, he is also a photographer, graphic designer, certified clinical hypnotherapist, a former professional wrestler, and a current superhero.

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