Netflix tends to stay tight-lipped on its shows’ viewing numbers unless they’re phenomenal. As such, the assumption is that “Jupiter’s Legacy” didn’t do too great in that regard, considering The Hollywood Reporter has run a story saying how Netflix has let the cast go from their contracts. That means the actors likely agreed to stick around to play their characters for multiple seasons, but now for whatever the real reason may be, Netflix has allowed the actors to pursue other projects. When looking at potentially low ratings coupled with predominantly negative critical reviews, you have a situation not even The Utopian could save.
Mark Millar took to Twitter to deliver the sad news to his fans, writing, “We’ve made the tough call of letting our incredible cast out of their show commitment as we continue to thoughtfully develop all realms of the Jupiter’s Legacy saga.” Millar does offer a tiny glimpse of hope by ending the note, saying, “We’re confident we’ll return to it later.” For the time being, the show’s quick demise is a sizable loss for Netflix. Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter mentions on Twitter how sources suggest “Jupiter’s Legacy” had a reported budget of $200 million.
“Jupiter’s Legacy” may end, but Netflix still has the rest of Millarworld at its disposal. The company paid a pretty penny for a litany of comic book properties, and the streaming service has numerous other stories to flesh out. Some of the other projects currently in development include “The Magic Order,” “American Jesus,” and “Sharkey the Bounty Hunter” (via What’s on Netflix). Hopefully, those shows have better luck when they eventually drop on the streaming platform and make the audience forget about the massive cliffhanger at the end of “Jupiter’s Legacy.”