Ridley Scott’s ‘Raised by Wolves’ has been canceled after two seasons on HBO Max, Variety confirmed.
Originally ordered to series on WarnerMedia-owned cable channel TNT in 2018 before landing on HBO Max ahead of its September 2020 series premiere, the sci-fi drama centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the nascent colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.
“While we are not proceeding with a third season of Raised by Wolves, we are beyond grateful to the stellar cast and crew, our creators Aaron Guzikowski, Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker and the entire team at Scott Free Productions, for their fine artistry and unique ability to immerse fans in the world of Kepler-22b,” HBO Max said in a statement to Variety Friday.
When “Raised by Wolves” was renewed for a second season shortly after its premiere, HBO Max said it was the best-performing HBO Max Original since the platform launched four months prior. . The second season premiered on February 3.
“Raised by Wolves” stars Amanda Collin as Mother, Abubakar Salim as Father, Travis Fimmel as Marcus, Niamh Algar as Sue, and Kim Engelbrecht as Decima. Season 2 cast members include Winta McGrath, Jordan Loughran, Matias Varela, Felix Jamieson, Ethan Hazzard, Aasiya Shah, Ivy Wong, Peter Christoffersen, Selina Jones, Morgan Santo, James Harkness, and Jennifer Saayeng.
The series was created by Aaron Guzikowski, who produces with Scott and his Scott Free Productions banner, David W. Zucker (“The Man in the High Castle”), Jordan Sheehan (“The Terror”), Adam Kolbrenner (“Prisoners “) and Mark Huffam (“The Martian”). Scott directed the first two episodes of season 1 of “Raised by Wolves”, marking his debut as a television series director for American audiences.
The cancellation of “Raised by Wolves” comes at a time when many changes are underway at HBO Max’s parent company, WarnerMedia, which was sold by AT&T and combined with Discovery to create Warner Bros. Discovery. The new regime, led by Discovery CEO David Zaslav, has shaken up many things in just over a month of ownership, including the removal of the CNN+ streamer and the halting of production of new scripted series at TNT. and TBS.
Salim first shared the news that ‘Raised by Wolves’ was in danger earlier on Friday, write in a series of tweets“It’s no surprise, especially after the announcement of mergers and what’s happening at Warner, that a lot of shows haven’t finished their stories. And unfortunately, one of those shows is Raised by Wolves. Nothing has been shared publicly yet. And there’s a reason for that. An important. One that I am here to share with you now. There is hope. You see, we’re in a unique position: we have a fully fleshed out and planned script, a production team Goliath behind us, incredible reception from reviewers and reviewers, and most importantly, such a strong community base to internationally, it cannot be ignored. The reason why the cancellation has not been announced, and it is because there is still a chance that the story could continue and end in a new home. This is where you all come in.
The ‘Raised by Wolves’ star then asked fans to talk as much as possible about their hopes for a third season, in an effort to help Scott Free buy the show on another platform for a possible third season.