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Disney Plus could be headed to the Dark Side as Darth Maul is in development for a series.
Darth Maul debuted in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.
Many critics and older fans bashed the prequel upon its release.
However, a younger generation saw the movie as their gateway into the Star Wars universe.
As more than two decades have passed, those kids have a nostalgic connection to The Phantom Menace similar to fiftysomethings and the Holy Trilogy.
Adults at the time couldn’t stomach the campy antics of Jar Jar Binks.
However, there’s one character who was universally loved by all ages: Darth Maul.
The devilish-looking, crimson-faced Dark Lord of the Sith is visually striking.
However, like Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, director George Lucas gave him insufficient screen time.
Darth Maul Series Developed for Disney Plus
The final lightsaber duel with Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor), and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) brought the house down.
However, The Phantom Menace promised more Darth Maul than it delivered.
Audiences couldn’t get enough.
Over 20 years later, Darth Maul increased his popularity through novels, comic books, and video games.
The animated TV series Star Wars Rebels gave Darth Maul suprising depth; moreover, Star Wars: The Clone Wars explored his early days.
Darth Maul returned to the silver screen in 2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Solo ended with Darth Maul asking to meet smuggler Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on his home world Dathomir.
According to insiders, the Darth Maul show was originally intended to continue that story.
But the Lando program could pick up that plot.
Currently, I can’t get a definite answer which time frame his show will take place in.
No word yet, too, if Ray Park will return as Darth Maul.
It seems quite likely he will be offered the role back.
With The Mandalorian and the upcoming The Book of Boba Fett, Disney Plus is aiming for the edgier side of Star Wars.
Darth Maul falls into this category.
The program hasn’t been greenlit as of yet; these are simply early discussions for now.