After just one season, Netflix has cancelled The Get Down.
The show followed kids living in the Bronx in the late 1970s, a time when funk and disco was being merged into what was the basis for hip-hop culture.
The Get Down‘s first six episodes originally aired in 2016, with the second half of the first season getting released on Netflix in April. Nas had a role narrating the show in addition to being a consultant.
Baz Luhrmann, the creator of the show, blamed the cancellation on not being able to fully commit himself to a second season.
“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,” Luhrmann said on Facebook. “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.
Deadline reports the 12 episodes cost nearly $120 million to make, making it one of Netflix’s most expensive productions
“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,” Luhrmann said. “One that lives on today and will continue to be told somewhere, somehow, because of you, the fans and the supporters.”