Following an outpouring of tears and outrage in reaction to Netflix's cancellation of cult favorite series Sense8, it was revealed Thursday that they will be letting the Wachowski sisters give the fans some closure. Co-creator Lana Wachowski penned a public letter to fans on Twitter and Facebook saying, "Improbably, unforeseeably, your love has brought 'Sense8' back to life."
It appears that it was, in fact, all the emails, lamenting tweets, and general caterwauling by devastated fans that changed Netflix's mind about the show's fate, and much the way HBO canceled Looking but allowed the creators to produce a two-hour movie to wrap up their storylines, Netflix is letting the Wachowskis make a two-hour finale for Sense8.
"In this world it is easy to believe that you cannot make a difference; that when a government or an institution or corporation makes a decision, there is something irrevocable about the decision; that love is always less important than the bottom line," writes Lana Wachowski. "But here is a gift from the fans of this show that I will carry forever in my heart: while it is often true that those decisions are irreversible, it is not always true."
Wachowski says that following the announcement of the cancellation she "often found myself unable to open my own email" and that she "fell into a fairly serious depression." She also says that Netflix "loves the show as much as we do but the numbers have always been challenging."
Given the globe-spanning plot lines of the show, things got pretty expensive. As The Verge reports, some estimates put the ticket price of each episode at $9 million.
The two-hour finale will be released sometime next year, Wachowski says. It remains to be seen if any of it, like parts of the first two seasons, will be shot in San Francisco, but maybe!
Death doesn't let you say goodbye. 2 hour finale episode in the works. Tell your cluster. pic.twitter.com/GHZgGuHwS0— Sense8 (@sense8) June 29, 2017
The cancellation of Sense8 after two seasons came alongside the cancellation of two freshmen series at Netflix, the SF-shot Girlboss, and the Baz Luhrman hip-hop drama The Get Down. Speaking generally about the cancellations, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos was quoted as saying, "Relative to what you spent, are people watching it? That is [a] pretty traditional [test]... A big, expensive show for a tiny audience is hard even in our model to make that work very long."