In a rare move, Netflix has opted against a second season of musical hip-hop drama “The Get Down.” Launching the first half of the first season on August 12, 2016, the series was set in the Bronx, New York in the 1970s and followed the rise of hip-hop and disco music through the eyes of a group of teenagers.
“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,” said director Baz Luhrmann. “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.”
“The Get Down” is one of only a few shows Netflix has canceled to-date, particularly after just one season. And, at a reported production cost of $120 million, it was also the most costly.