Although Netflix got the green light and is ready for the second season, I disagree after one season earlier this year. The series, which followed the story of a 17-year-old girl who learned she had superpowers while focusing on the trials and tribulations of high school, as well as the complexity of the family and her emerging sexuality, ended with a big cliffhanger that disappointed the fans. The director of the series, Jonathan Entwhistle, now explains why the series has been cancelled, even though he was willing to continue and direct more.
In an interview with Insider, Mr Entwistle explained that a number of factors played a role in the cancellation of the programme, not all of which were related to COVID-19.
It is clear that the upcoming writers’ strike, which has made a lot of noise at Netflix, said Entwhistle. We’ve been working for almost a week without knowing how long it would take someone to pull the trigger on something that might have affected us.
This precarious situation was exacerbated by the pandemic, although they managed to realise the scenarios for the second and last planned season.
When the pandemic struck, we left the office and there was a staff change in Netflix, Entwhistle said. We finished the scripts, and it was hard work in the writer’s zoom room. No writer says it’s good. It’s no good.
But even with scenarios realised, it became clear that the cost of preparing for the second pandemic season would become a problem.
I think I saw people talking and the numbers are right: That’s about $5 to $10 million a season on television for APS and for testing and systematic changes that can make it safer, he explained.
All these factors combined in Entwistle’s commentary, he thought that Netflix weighed the cost of the series against its perceived value, and that if the series made good numbers for its size, on a platform as big as Netflix, the numbers just weren’t as impressive, making it seem like it was just too expensive to make the profit they made.
I think one of the problems we’ve had with I’m not OK with this was that in many ways I thought it was a smaller area show, and they thought it was a replacement for Strange Things, Entwhistle said. I think when they looked at all the financials, the stock market was more expensive than they thought.
Unfortunately, for the fans and participants in the series, this meant that there was no second season and no specific final for the series, although Entwistle requested to cancel the final of the current series, which Netflix refused to do.
And in fact, when the show was canceled, I went back to Netflix and said: Hey, can you have me rewrite the last two pictures so there’s no dialogue and it looks like she thought a guy was gonna show up? …but they wouldn’t let me, he said.
Computer stars Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff direct the series, which also features Sophia Bryant, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Richard Ellis, Zachary S. Williams and Aidan Wojtak-Hissong. You can read the official description below.
I Am Not Okay With This is the disrespectful story of a teenage girl struggling with the hardships of high school and struggling with the challenges of her family, her innate sexuality and the mysterious superpowers that begin to awaken deep within her.
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