‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix After One Season

The Netflix series The Get Down has been cancelled by the streaming service after one season. And the reason behind the cancellation is simpler than you might have guessed. The creator, director, and executive producer of the show, Hollywood director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby), doesn’t have time for it.

To put it simply, The Get Down chronicled the birth of hip hop in the 1970s and featured some young black Hollywood talent like Justice Smith (Paper Towns), Shameik Moore (Dope), and Jaden Smith (Pursuit of Happyness). It premiered on the platform as two parts, and as of May 24, carries with it the legacy of being one of Netflix’s few original series that have garnered a cancellation.

It comes as a slight surprise mostly because Luhrmann sat down with Vulture earlier this year for an interview where he spilled details of what lied ahead for the series’ second season. “To be honest, we have already developed the opening of the next season,” Luhmann told the publication. “Sony and Netflix have been very driven about having a second season. There has been no question about that. They really want it.”

In a lengthy Facebook post that followed news of The Get Down cancellation, Luhrmann spoke candidly with viewers and fans of the show. He just did not have the time to dedicate to such an extensive series. Turns out, being a big-time movie director can be time-consuming.

“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… But the simple truth is, I make movies,” Luhrmann stated in his post.

Sorry to see you leave The Get Down. You will be missed.

Read Luhrmann’s Facebook address to fans in its entirety below.

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