Netflix’s period mystery sci-fi series 1899 will not receive a second season at the streamer. The news was confirmed by series co-creator Baran bo Odar through a statement shared to his official Instagram. The letter to fans was also signed by Odar’s partner and series co-creator Jantje Freise:
“With a heavy heart we have to tell you that 1899 will not be renewed,” Odar wrote. “We would have loved to finish this incredible journey with a second and third season as we did with Dark. But sometimes things don’t turn out the way you planned. That’s life.
We know this will disappoint millions of fans out there. But we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts that you were a part of this wonderful adventure. We love you. Never forget.”
The show followed a group of European immigrants aboard a ship faced traveling from Southampton, UK to New York City, who are faced with a series of mysterious events. The show received positive reviews for its casting, directing, cinematography, and acting, but Netflix has pulled the plug, despite the show only debuting in November.
It’s slightly surprising news because the series served as a follow-up to Odar and Freise’s previous series Dark, a landmark international breakout for Netflix that debuted in 2017. After a beloved run across three seasons, Friese and Odar signed an overall deal with Netflix — the first of its kind for the streamer’s European presence.
1899 was the first project to emerge from that agreement, but despite the positive reception and the show cracking the streamer’s top 10 chart during its first week of availability (sitting at no.2 behind The Crown), Netflix obviously weren’t satisfied.
This is just the latest Netflix cancellation, after the streamer also axed fantasy drama The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, horror drama The Midnight Club, superhero sci-fi series The Imperfects, workplace sitcom Blockbuster, legal drama Partner Track, video game adaptation Resident Evil, and sitcom Pretty Smart, all after single seasons.
Such is life in the cutthroat world of the streaming wars. We’ll wait and see if Odar and Freise will come back with another show down the line.