That's a wrap on Takeshi Kovacs at Netflix. The streaming service has decided not to move forward with Altered Carbon season 3. Meaning that, unless the series can find a new home, and there is no indication currently the show is being shopped elsewhere, season 2 will serve as the conclusion to the sci-fi show. Netflix also released an anime movie, Altered Carbon: Resleeved, earlier this year as part of the franchise.
According to multiple reports Altered Carbon season 2 will be its last. The relatively short-lived, big-budget sci-fi show originally debuted in February 2018 with Joel Kinnaman in the lead role. Anthony Mackie took over as Takeshi Kovacs in season 2, which premiered in February of this year. The show takes place in a future where human consciousness can be digitized and bodies are interchangeable, meaning death is no longer permanent. As for the reasoning, it's said that Netflix used its standard method of weighing the viewership against the cost. Since the series is relatively expensive to produce, it probably needed a sizable audience to justify continuing with it. Netflix typically doesn't release streaming numbers but, based on their math, it didn't pan out.
The Netflix cancelation reportedly has nothing to do with the ongoing production difficulties Hollywood is facing as a result of the world's current situation. Both The Society and I Am Not Okay With This were given the ax recently after just once season, with second seasons in the cards. However, increased cost and an unknown in production delay led to Netflix handing out early cancelations. It's said that the decision with Altered Carbon was made back in April.
Laeta Kalogridis created the show, which is based on author Richard K. Morgan's 2002 novel of the same name. Alison Schapker served as showrunner for season 2. Lela Loren, Simone Missick, Chris Conner, Dina Shihabi and Torben Liebrecht. Will Yun Lee and James Saito round out the cast. Schapker and Kalogridis served as executive producers alongside James Middleton, Rose Lam, Bradley J. Fischer, James Vanderbilt, Mike Medavoy and Arnold W. Messer, alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross.
Altered Carbon season 2 pickles up 30 years after the conclusion of season 1. It follows Takeshi Kovacs (Anthony Mackie), the lone surviving soldier of a group of elite interstellar warriors, who is continuing his centuries-old quest to find his lost love Quellcrist Falconer (Renee Elise Goldsberry). After planet-hopping and searching the galaxy for decades, Kovacs is recruited to his home planet with the promise of finding Quell. Kovacs is now responsible for investigating a series of brutal murders and is shocked to discover his new mission to solve the crime and his pursuit to find Quell are intertwined.
For what it's worth, critically, season 1 holds a 68 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while season 2 scored better, sitting at 83 percent. But critical opinion wasn't quite enough to turn the tides on this one. This news comes to us via Deadline.