Netflix has cancelled production of the second season of its first African Original series, ‘Queen Sono’.
According to multiple reports, the move to cancel the show was due to challenges encountered due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Recall Netflix greenlit production of the anticipated second season earlier on in the year in the wake of the massive success of the first season which premiered on the streaming platform on February 28, 2020.
Confirming the report, a Spokesperson revealed Netflix decision was a hard one to make. He further shared that this was not the end of partnerships with South African creatives for more Made in South Africa movies.
“We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with season 2 of ’Queen Sono’. The company thanked the Diprente team for their work on the show and fans of the show.
“We are incredibly proud of the Diprente team for sharing their audacious vision and bringing it to life with Netflix.
“A huge thank you to our fans across the world for the love shared for our first African Original series. Netflix is also grateful to the amazing efforts shown by the cast and crew for their stellar efforts in creating this show for our members around the world.”
Reacting to the latest development, ‘Queen Sono’ director and screenwriter Kagiso Lediga said:
“We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times.”
Lead actress, Pearl Thusi also commented on the project.
“It’s so incredible that we as a team had a lifetime opportunity to make history together as there will never be another ‘first’ African Netflix Original Series.
“I’m proud of the work we did, but everything happens for a reason. I am excited about what the future holds.”