Netflix has canceled the show after the second six-episode part of Season 1 was released last month. It’s rare for a Netflix original series not to get a second season. So far, the streaming service has canceled five shows, including “Marco Polo.”
“The Get Down” was among Netflix’s most expensive shows, with the 12-episode first season costing about $120 million.
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Luhrmann’s hip-hop-themed drama was his first TV series and during an interview with Vulture earlier this spring, he indicated that a second season was in the works.
“To be honest, we have already developed the opening of the next season,” he said. “Sony and Netflix have been very driven about having a second season. There has been no question about that. They really want it.”
This week, however, Baz posted on Facebook a lengthy note to fans about why the show was “unlikely” to continue.
“When I was asked to come to the center of The Get Down to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years,” Luhrmann said. “This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show. It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience.”
You can read his full statement on Facebook.