Despite positive reception and even a recent Emmy win, Netflix has decided to cancel The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance after only a single season. Announced earlier today by the streaming giant, it seems the company couldn’t justify creating additional seasons for this series. That’s a real shame considering it was meant to be a prequel to the underrated 1982 Jim Henson film, which now ends on a cliffhanger.
In a statement to the press, executive producer Lisa Henson said, “We know fans are eager to learn how this chapter of The Dark Crystal saga concludes and we’ll look for ways to tell that story in the future. Our company has a legacy of creating rich and complex worlds that require technical innovation, artistic excellence, and masterful storytelling.” That sort of leaves the door open for a film adaptation, which may be enough for this particular story.
In a separate statement, Netflix added, “We are grateful to the master artists at The Jim Henson Company for bringing The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance to life for fans around the world. We’re thankful to the executive producers Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford, and Louis Leterrier, who also directed all episodes, as well as the writers, cast, and crew for their outstanding work and thrilled they were recognized with the Emmy this weekend.”
It’s mostly shocking considering how well-liked the series was. While the original film kind of bombed upon its release, it would go on to acquire a pretty faithful cult-following that actually showed up for this series. Couple that with the Emmy win and this decision makes zero sense. I guess we’ll just chalk it up to 2020 being a nightmare.