Netflix has canceled its adaptation of Altered Carbon after two seasons, in accordance with Variety, marking the tip of yet one more big-budget adaptation for the streaming service.
According to Deadline, the cancellation was determined again in April, and was made for the corporate’s traditional price / profit causes. In different phrases, Altered Carbon’s destiny isn’t apparently COVID-19 associated — as has been the case with other recent Netflix cancellations, like The Society and I Am Not Okay With This, each of which had second season plans nixed “due to circumstances created by COVID,” in accordance with a Netflix assertion on the time.
The undeniable fact that Altered Carbon received the axe isn’t too stunning, although. The present debuted in 2018 as a marquee collection for Netflix: a gritty, grownup sci-fi collection primarily based on a well-liked collection of novels with a sky-high finances (season one star Joel Kinnaman described it as “a bigger budget than the first three seasons of Game of Thrones”), large motion sequences and larger philosophical points about what it meant to be human.
Unfortunately, the present debuted to middling reward, and whereas it clearly did nicely sufficient that Netflix was prepared to roll the cube on a second season (which debuted earlier this 12 months), the collection clearly was hit with a smaller finances for its second time round, with fewer episodes and fewer flashy units and results — but when something, the second season made even much less of an impression. Altered Carbon simply wasn’t going to be the subsequent Game of Thrones, which meant that Netflix wasn’t going to maintain spending HBO-levels of cash on it.
It’s a cycle harking back to Altered Carbon’s previous big-budget sci-fi Netflix collection: Sense8, which price an estimated (and eye-watering) $9 million per episode, making it one of the crucial costly TV reveals ever made earlier than it was additionally canceled by Netflix after two seasons.
But not like Altered Carbon, Sense8 had garnered a deeply devoted fanbase — which, whereas apparently not large enough to justify the continued expense of the present on Netflix’s accounting sheet, was sufficient to get the streaming firm to carry the collection again for a final two-hour special to wrap up the collection.
In the sooner days of Netflix’s authentic content material empire, the streamer was much more more likely to hold reveals round for a number of seasons, content material to provide every collection the possibility to search out an viewers over time. But as Netflix’s output has exploded from a handful of reveals and movies to a whole bunch, there’s much more competitors and a a lot decrease bar for achievement. The result’s that extra Netflix originals — particularly costly ones like Altered Carbon — have been canceled after only a season or two.