It was a very different story when Netflix announced the launch of “The Last Journey,” a new drama series from the creators of “Orange Is the New Black.”
It was billed as a “space adventure.”
And then it got canceled.
In the fall of 2018, Netflix was forced to take the plunge, after Disney CEO Bob Iger decided to abandon the show in favor of the “Star Wars” films.
But unlike the “Lucasfilm” spinoff “The Force Awakens,” “The End of the Line” and other recent releases, it is not an animated series.
In fact, the film is a story told from the point of view of a single character.
In a statement, Netflix said that the show, which debuted in 2019 and was intended to run for 12 episodes, was cancelled due to its “tendency to take liberties with canon.”
“While it is possible that we may revisit this story once we have finished the film, we don’t have the ability to do so,” Netflix said in the statement.
“Our focus is now on making the best films we can for our customers and fans.
We are committed to making the stories that matter to you.”
The company added that the series “will continue to be available on Netflix Original and on demand with all titles.”
Netflix also said it is working with the filmmakers to make the film available on the service.
“We want to keep the best stories for our audience and we are doing everything we can to keep fans engaged, and excited for what is to come,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.
Netflix has been a pioneer in adapting and streaming original content in its streaming service, which has been growing at an impressive clip.
The company now has more than 5 million subscribers.