This edition of the Geek News Brief includes stories about a Season 4 pickup for Manifest, a Marvel Halloween special for Disney+, and a release window for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

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Manifest Season 4 ordered by Netflix

Manifest has officially been saved by Netflix. After weeks of negotiations, the streamer has closed a deal for a super-sized fourth and final season of the missing plane drama. In a nod to Manifest’s fans and Flight 828, the announcement of the Season 4 pickup was made on August 28th, or “828 Day” at 8:28 AM pacific time.

The final season of Manifest will be comprised of 20 episodes. As is customary for series on Netflix, the season will be split into multiple parts.

The pickup by Netflix will give fans answers after the cancellation by NBC made for a premature ending, leaving unanswered questions and unresolved Season 3 finale cliffhangers for the series, which had been originally conceived by creator Jeff Rake for a six-season run. That plan will now be condensed to bring the story of the passengers of Flight 828 to a proper conclusion in four seasons. The 20-episode pickup will help toward that goal as it represents Manifest‘s largest season order.

Marvel is developing a Halloween special for Disney+

According to The Wrap, Marvel Studios is actively searching for a Latino actor to lead the cast of an as-yet untitled Halloween Special that will air on Disney+.

Individuals with knowledge say the character may be based on “Werewolf by Night,” the name used by two separate Marvel characters.

The first, Jack Russell, is a descendant of the mystically-altered offshoot of humans known as Lycanthropes, who eventually becomes capable of transforming on his own volition even without a full moon, and retaining his intellect while transformed. Among other things, that series is notable for having the first appearance of Moon Knight, a character whose own Disney+ series will stream in 2022.

The second, Jake Gomez, is a member of a Native American tribe whose family has been cursed with lycanthropy, when he comes in conflict with a nefarious pharmaceutical company exploiting members of the tribe.

It’s not clear which, if either, version of Werewolf by Night will serve as inspiration for the TV special.

LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga will arrive in Spring 2022

A new trailer has been released for LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and with it, a release window announcement of Spring 2022.

The game adapts all nine entries in the Skywalker saga, with the trailer including a bunch of nods to famous scenes from the Star Wars movies. Along with X-wing battles and lightsaber duels with the likes of Darth Vader and Darth Maul, you’ll see moments like Rey flipping over Kylo Ren’s TIE fighter. The game includes 20 unlockable planets you can travel between and more than 300 playable characters.

This is the first game in the Lego Star Wars series since 2016, when TT Games released Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It marks the first time that the studio has adapted The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. Warner Bros. initially planned to release Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga in 2020, and then in Spring 2021, but TT Games needed more time to finish it.

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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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