New details have come out about Netflix’s surprising cancellation of Jupiter’s Legacy which primarily involved budget issues.
Weeks after the show’s debut on the streamer, Netflix decided to move on from Jupiter’s Legacy despite beating out The Handmaiden’s Tale and others in Nelson ratings during its first full week. A little over a week after its cancellation, The Hollywood Reporter revealed some more behind-the-scenes details.
The main issue is that Jupiter’s Legacy reportedly faced budget issues with Netflix wanting to keep it under $9 million per episode. Showrunner Stephen D. Knight, who wanted at least a $12 million budget, was eventually replaced by Sang Kyu Kim, which caused a shut down halfway through production. Despite trying to keep the budget low, Netflix ended up reportedly spending an estimated $200 million due to the production shutdowns. Netflix also brought in The Incredible Hulk director Louis Leterrier to help towards the end of post-production, but it was apparently too late to save the show. The final detail The Hollywood Reporter shared is that Netflix is still committed to Millarworld, but the superhero universe is in desperate need of a seasoned producer to right the ship.
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Here is the synopsis for the short-lived Netflix series:
After nearly a century of keeping mankind safe, the world’s first generation of superheroes must look to their children to continue the legacy. But tensions rise as the young superheroes, hungry to prove their worth, struggle to live up to their parents’ legendary public reputations — and exacting personal standards. Based on the graphic novels by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy is an epic superhero drama that spans decades and navigates the complex dynamics of family, power, and loyalty.
Developed by Stephen S. DeKnight, the series stars Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb, Andrew Horton, Elena Kampouris, Mike Wade, and Matt Lanter.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter