‘The Get Down’ Cancelled by Netflix After One Season

Per TVLine, Geeks of Color learned that Netflix has cancelled 70’s music drama The Get Down.

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Netflix’s The Get Down chronicled the lives of black and Latino youth from the South Bronx as they sought better lives through music. SOURCE: Netflix

The show, set in the late 1970s, centered around the beginnings of hip-hop as it coincided with the decline of disco in the South Bronx. The Get Down was wildly popular, though it seems cancellation has come from the steep cost of production coupled with scheduling conflicts from creator and executive producer Baz Luhrmann.

Luhrmann took to Facebook with a heartfelt message to fans of the show describing the reasons why production of the show would not be moving forward as well as giving thanks to all involved in the show.

“I wanted to speak to you with an open heart and just acknowledge how humbled and moved that not only I, but all who have given so much to this production, have been by your passion and commitment to see the next chapter of The Get Down go back into production in the immediate future. I want to explain to you why that is unlikely to happen…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. 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.”

This news has, understandably, left fans saddened and confused. However, Luhrmann provided some hope that the story that touched many fans might continue in some way.

“All sorts of things have been thrown around for the future… even a stage show (can you imagine that? I can, concert version anyone? Next summer? Just saying.) But the simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life. Since The Get Down stopped, I have actually been spending the last few months preparing my new cinematic work…”

So, a concert? A movie? It is unfortunate that the show was cancelled after only one season, but it seems there are still some ways for the story to be wrapped up in a way that could satisfy fans in the future.

What are your thoughts on the cancellation of the show?

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