We wish you well, dear puppets.

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The story of Thra on Netflix is over. io9 has completely confirmed the streaming service has chosen to not renew The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which means the sequence has come to an finish after just one season.

Over a 12 months after the sequence first debuted on the streaming service, the Jim Henson Firm CEO and govt producer Lisa Henson and Netflix shared with io9 that there won’t be one other season of Age of Resistance, the groundbreaking sequence based mostly on Jim Henson’s fantasy movie. In an announcement, Henson thanked followers for his or her help and mentioned they’re searching for different methods to proceed the story.

“We will affirm that there won’t be an extra season of The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance. We all know followers are desperate to learn the way this chapter of The Darkish Crystal saga concludes and we’ll search for methods to inform that story sooner or later. Our firm has a legacy of making wealthy and complicated worlds that require technical innovation, creative excellence, and masterful storytelling. Our historical past additionally contains productions which are enduring, usually discovering and rising their viewers over time and proving repeatedly that fantasy and science fiction genres mirror everlasting messages and truths which are all the time related. We’re so grateful to Netflix for trusting us to comprehend this bold sequence; we’re deeply happy with our work on Age of Resistance, and the acclaim it has obtained from followers, critics and our friends, most not too long ago receiving an Emmy for Excellent Kids’s Program.”

Netflix additionally launched an announcement to io9, congratulating the sequence on its Emmy win and thanking the parents behind the scenes for creating the present:

“We’re grateful to the grasp artists at the Jim Henson Firm for bringing The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance to life for followers all over the world. We’re grateful to the chief producers Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and Louis Leterrier, who additionally directed all episodes, in addition to the writers, solid and crew for his or her excellent work and thrilled they had been acknowledged with the Emmy this weekend.”

The Darkish Crystal: Age of Expertise debuted on Netflix in August 2019. Directed by Louis Leterrier, the sequence boasted a star-studded solid and industry-changing puppetry expertise—as showcased in Netflix’s behind-the-scenes documentary, The Crystal Calls. The primary season ended on a cliffhanger, with the crystal shard being found and the clans of Thra lastly uniting in opposition to the Skeksis. The showrunners previously told io9 they pitched your entire story to Netflix and understand how they need it to finish, however 13 months later the present’s future was nonetheless up within the air.

Netflix is not any stranger to canceling reveals, however the community is often fairly fast to tell us whether or not or not a sequence has a future on its platform. Whereas 12 sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and comedian ebook sequence that Netflix declined to resume over the previous two years, I discovered that, on common, they had been canceled inside one to 6 months of their remaining season’s debut. A few of them, like Jessica Jones and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, had been advised they had been canceled earlier than their remaining seasons aired. The longest delay was Thriller Science Theater 3000, which was canceled simply over one 12 months after “The Gauntlet” episodes debuted.

It’s unclear why precisely the sequence wasn’t renewed, however some have speculated on the delay and associated points. Reported behind-the-scenes drama signifies that the sequence was thought-about a miss for the streaming platform, with a supply telling the Hollywood Reporter earlier this month that Age of Resistance’s failure was one of many causes Netflix not too long ago pushed out longtime govt Cindy Holland, who helped carry the sequence to life. The sequence was known as an “costly disappointment,” per the unnamed supply. We requested Henson and Netflix for touch upon these claims, however they didn’t problem a response.

Whereas chatting with executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach earlier this 12 months about Cowboy Bebop, we additionally mentioned Age of Resistance. He famous how the present was not solely costly to make, it boasted the longest shoot size in Netflix historical past. He advised us, “This isn’t a present the place you’ve gotten a franchise which you could say, ‘Okay, we’ll rent a bunch of latest writers to take a look at the primary season.’ This can be a dynastic labor of artisanal love. To get it proper, you want everyone. You want the Hensons, you want the Frouds. You want a certain quantity of dedication financially and by way of time. And it’s arduous to get proper. Out of all the things that I’ve labored on, this could be most likely the toughest one to get proper. And the situations have to return collectively for it to be precisely what it must be.”

To that finish, a few of the key group members behind Age of Resistance have already moved onto different Netflix tasks like director Louis Letterier who is in line to direct Vivid 2, the sequel to the trendy fantasy movie written by accused sexual predator Max Landis. In the meantime, Lisa Henson is keeping busy with Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio adaptation, and Grillo-Marxuach is working as a author on Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop.

This 12 months’s Emmys weren’t a slam dunk for nerdy tv reveals—aside from HBO’s Watchmen (which made comedian ebook historical past by profitable Greatest Restricted Sequence), The Mandalorian, Rick and Morty—however the critically acclaimed prequel to Jim Henson’s fantasy epic did, as Henson’s assertion famous, win a Inventive Arts Emmy for Greatest Kids’s Program.

The primary season of The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance is at present on Netflix. There are additionally a number of books and graphic novels which have come out that develop the world of Thra, nonetheless, none of them have advised the still-unfinished story of Age of Resistance but.


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