The Peacock streaming service has made its first cancellation since beginning its run back in July. Brave New World, starring HAN SOLO’S Alden Ehrenreich, has been canceled after only one season on the streamer. Peacock made the following announcement about the cancellation:
“There will not be Season 2 of Brave New World on Peacock. David Wiener created a thought-provoking and cinematic adaptation. We’re grateful to the cast and crew who brought this world to life. We look forward to telling more stories with David in the future.”
The series was part of Peacock’s inaugural original slate and the only homegrown scripted series available at launch in July. Like most streamers, Peacock does not release performance information on its shows, but the big-budget drama did not generate a lot of buzz among critics and fans, which likely sealed its fate. Another factor could be that Susan Rovner joined NBCUniversal earlier this month as Chairman, Entertainment Content, overseeing programming for television and streaming, and she likely didn’t see much of a future for the show on the platform.
Brave New World had quite the journey to the small screen. The series’ journey began when NBCUniversal’s Syfy and Amblin TV originally partnered to develop a scripted series based on Huxley’s classic novel in 2015. A year later, Grant Morrison was tapped to write the adaptation, and in 2019, the project received a straight-to-series order by Syfy sibling USA Network. The series, whose Season 1 budget is said to be close to $100 million, later migrated to NBCU’s new streaming platform Peacock. According to “Deadline“, the series is currently being shopped to other outlets.
Brave New World is based on Aldous Huxley’s groundbreaking dystopian novel and imagines a utopian society that has achieved peace and stability through the prohibition of monogamy, privacy, money, family, and history itself. As citizens of New London, Bernard Marx (Harry Lloyd) and Lenina Crowne (Jessica Brown Findlay) embark on a vacation to the Savage Lands, where they become embroiled in a harrowing and violent rebellion. Bernard and Lenina are rescued by John the Savage (Alden Ehrenreich), who escapes with them back to New London. John’s arrival in the New World soon threatens to disrupt its utopian harmony, leaving Bernard and Lenina to grapple with the repercussions.
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