Netflix Has Axed Its Crazy-Exxy ‘The Get Down’ After 1 Season & Baz Is Devo

‘The Get Down’ had all the ingredients for a Netflix hit: a plucky cast of young gun actors including Shameik Moore, Justice Smith, Herizen Guardiola and Jaden Smith, Baz Luhrmann, Nas and Grandmaster Flash at the helm and a killer soundtrack ft. everyone from Miguel, Christina Aguilera, Zayn, Leon Bridges and Raury.
Yet, sadly, it’s collapsed like an undercooked souffle amid poor ratings and frequent production issues – and has officially been axed from the Netflix roster less than a month after the second six-episode part of S1 was released.
Baz himself has posted an emotional msg to fans of the most expensive series in the streaming service’s history (it cost at least $155 million to produce), explaining that he delayed a film he long ago committed to directing for two years in order to create The Get Down but couldn’t press pause longer.
“When I was asked to come to the center of The Get Down to help realize it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years,” he wrote. “This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show.

“It kills me that I can’t split myself into two and make myself available to both productions. I feel so deeply connected to all those who I have worked and collaborated with on this remarkable experience… but the simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life.”
Check out his full statement below:
The hip hop drama drew 3.2 million viewers in its first 31 days, which is only a teeny tiny fraction of the views Netflix’s *other* original series ’13 Reasons Why’ pulled in the same time frame, but there are still plenty of devastated fans venting their frustration on social media, so let that be a comfort to the cast and crew.
RIP, The Get Down. We hardly knew ye.

Source: Deadline.
Photo: Netflix.