Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix ‘The Get Down’ Won’t Return for Season 2
Netflix Baz Luhrmann hip-hop drama The Get Down has endured notably public production headaches, even delaying half of its first season, and the price tag finally soared too high. Netflix confirms Season 2 has been scrapped, as Luhrmann reveals his commitment to another film.
Per Deadline, Netflix declined to move forward with a second season of the fantastical ‘70s music series, despite lengthy negotiations with Sony. Creator, producer and director Luhrmann had repeatedly stated that his involvement in a second season would be limited, which apparently contributed to Netflix’s decision.
Luhrmann addressed as much in a Facebook post, saying:
Dear fans of The Get Down,
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.
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… […]
As for the real future of the show, the spirit of The Get Down, and the story it has begun to tell… it has its own life. One that lives on today and will continue to be told somewhere, somehow, because of you, the fans and the supporters.
For those unfamiliar, The Get Down features among its cast Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola, Jaden Smith, Skylan Brooks, Tremaine Browne, Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Kevin Corrigan, Jimmy Smits and Breaking Bad alum Giancarlo Esposito.
The Get Down becomes the rare Netflix series not to make a second season, though its considerable expense had something to do with that. In the meantime, both Part I and Part II are available to stream on Netflix.