After Just One Season Netflix Cancels Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Get Down’

Netflix has announced that the ambitious Baz Luhrmann musical drama The Get Down has been cancelled after just one season.

The show aired in two parts, the first part set in 1977 released on August 12th, 2016, and the second part set in 1978, released April 7th this year (2017). Obviously, this isn’t something we’re used to, Netflix is known to renew the bulk of their shows. It’s rare for any Netflix show to not get a second season order. However, The Get Down which was a hip-hop themed drama set in New York City in the South Bronx in the 1970s was by far one of the most expensive shows Netflix owned.

The first 12 episodes cost an estimated $120 million to produce. The Get Down is also Luhrmann’s first TV series, the show suffered many lengthy and difficult pre-production and production process. The show experienced numerous showrunner and writer changes. These delays brought upon the decision to break the season into two part. Luhrmann was heavily involved in the production of the first season as he served as the showrunner.

It’s been stated before the announcement of the cancellation that he would have a limited involvement in the second season. Luhrmann, in an interview with Vulture, stated that season 2 was in the works; “To be honest, we have already developed the opening of the next season,” he said. “Sony and Netflix have been very driven about having a second season. There has been no Question about that. They really want it.”

Following the news of the cancellation, Luhrmann stated via Facebook that the show’s demise is in part to his inability to fully commit to Season 2. “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… But the simple truth is, I make movies.”

The Get Down followed the nothings and nobodies of the South Bronx, a rag-tag crew of teenagers. They’ve got now one but themselves and they’re armed with improvised dance moves, magic markers, spray cans and verbal games. “Here is the biggest year of recording history through music that is disco, but in this borough where it is so little and the world had forgotten, these young people are so inventive with whatever that had,” Luhrmann said at TCA last summer. “It’s not my story — I feel like I just curated it.”