In August of 2019, Netflix debuted The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This was a prequel series to the original 1982, Jim Henson film. The story follows a group of young Gelflings that find out that their overlords, the evil despicable Skeksis, are trying to consume their life force via the dark crystal in order for them to live longer. It received high praise from audiences and critics alike. As well as taking the Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. So surely this is a piece about the series being renewed right?
Nope, unfortunately, quite the opposite. Today via io9 we have learned that the story of Thra will not continue on Netflix. The streaming giant has decided not to renew The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. This was announced by the Jim Henson Company CEO and executive producer Lisa Henson. She released a statement that you can read below.
“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.”
Along with Henson’s statement, Netflix also released 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 series had a ridiculous star-studded voice cast that included Taron Egerton, Anya Tayor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Natalie Dormer, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Alicia Vikander, Mark Hamill, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Simon Peg, and Andy Sandberg.
This is no clear reason why the series wasn’t renewed. But there is some speculation that Netflix considered this series a failure. It is also said that it was very expensive to make and it took very long to shoot. With how much they probably spent on all the sets and puppets I am very surprised that they wouldn’t at least try to get another season out of it.
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