That's a wrap on The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Netflix has opted not to move forward with the show based on Jim Henson's classic movie, which means the fantasy series will be concluding its run after just one season. This comes after the show recently won a Creative Arts Emmy for Best Children's Program.
Netflix confirmed the news in a statement, as did Jim Henson Company CEO and executive producer Lisa Henson. No reasoning was provided by either side so fans will be left to wonder and/or speculate for the time being as to why Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 2 isn't going to happen. Henson had this to say in a statement.
"We can confirm that there will not be an additional season of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. 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."
"Our history also includes productions that are enduring, often finding and growing their audience over time and proving again and again that fantasy and science fiction genres reflect eternal messages and truths that are always relevant. We are so grateful to Netflix for trusting us to realize this ambitious series; we are deeply proud of our work on Age of Resistance, and the acclaim it has received from fans, critics and our peers, most recently receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program."
Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance was released in August 2019. The ten-episode, big-budget fantasy series was directed by Louis Letterier and features a ton of practical puppetry, much like the original 1982 movie. Serving as a prequel, the series boasts an A-list cast that includes Taron Egerton, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alicia Vikander, Mark Hamill Simon Pegg, Anya Taylor-Joy and many more. Netflix had this to say in a statement.
"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."
The show was a critical success, currently sitting at 88 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. That certainly wasn't an issue. However, the show was expensive to produce and, for that money, Netflix needs to see a significant return on investment. For them, it comes down to viewership and subscriptions. It seems, at the end of the day, the series didn't generate what it needed to in order to keep it going.
Louis Letterier is staying in business with Netflix as he has been tapped to direct Bright 2, the sequel to Will Smith's 2017 fantasy movie. Unfortunately, the lone season of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, with the Gelfling clans uniting against the evil Skeksis. This news comes to us via io9.