HBO Max has ended the critically acclaimed sci-fi series Raised by Wolves after just two seasons.
The Ridley Scott-produced show, which follows two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious planet, was, for a while, the streaming service's highest-performing original series.
HBO Max has yet to share the reason behind Raised by Wolves' cancellation, though a spokesperson for the service told Variety (opens in a new tab) that it is "beyond grateful to the [show's] stellar cast and crew[ …] for his magnificent art and unique ability to immerse fans in the world of Kepler-22b.
The people involved in the production of the series have their own theories, yes. On Twitter (opens in a new tab) last week, actor Abubakar Salim, who plays Father in the series, said the decision to cancel Raised by Wolves was "not surprising" given the "merger news and what what's going on at Warner. right now.
Salim is referring to the recent reorganization of HBO Max's parent company, WarnerMedia, which combined with Discovery Inc. to form a new conglomerate, Warner Bros. Discovery, in 2022. The merger, despite its early days, has already arrived. to its end. for CNN's short-lived streaming service CNN+, as well as a host of scripted series in development on TNT and TBS.
In the same Twitter thread, the actor called on fans of the show to help find a new home for Raised by Wolves, saying its showrunners "have a fully fleshed out story planned out" for season 3.
#RenewRaisedByWolves Call to Action It's no surprise, especially after news of mergers and what's happening at Warner, that many shows haven't finished their storylines. June 3, 2022
"There's still a chance that the story will continue and end in a new home," Salim continued, citing Raised by Wolves' "gargantuan" production team, "the incredible reception from critics and critics, and" the community base that It is so strong". internationally."
The actor was also inspired by the turnaround in once-canceled projects like The Expanse, Top Boy, and Zack Snyder's Justice League as recent examples of fan-driven project renewals.
Analysis: where could Raised by Wolves end up?
Salim's #RenewRaisedByWolves campaign is essentially an attempt to bring the sci-fi series to the forefront of the streaming showcase, but would HBO Max's rivals really pick up the show for a third season?
Judging by the critical and commercial popularity of Raised by Wolves, there's no doubt that other streaming services will consider its future, though we don't expect any of HBO's three main competitors (Netflix, Amazon, and Disney) to step in and save the day. .
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Netflix has shown a willingness to resume shows canceled in the past; it has with Lucifer and You, (opens in a new tab), for example, but the streamer's current subscriber crunch (and trend of canceling its own shows) suggests this isn't the case. t on the market to repeat the trick in 2022.
Prime Video has a stellar crop of comparable sci-fi series, though most have been commissioned by Amazon (suggesting a preference for local franchises) and Raised by Wolves seems a bit off the mark for family-oriented Disney Plus.
However, the latter's Disney Plus Star sub-service could be a potential destination for the series, which would dovetail nicely with more mature sci-fi dramas like War of the Worlds.
We will keep you posted on any news we hear about this in the coming months.