Hilary Swank-Led Sci-Fi Series Away Cancelled at Netflix
According to Deadline, Netflix has officially decided not to give creator Andrew Hinderaker and executive producer Matt Reeves’ sci-fi drama series Away a second season renewal. This cancellation comes just over a month since the Hilary Swank-led series debuted its 10-episode first season.
Loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, Away is an epic, emotional story of love and sacrifice set against humanity’s greatest endeavor. In the near future, a manned spacecraft is sent to Mars. For this high-stakes mission, a crew of elite astronauts are assembled from around the globe. They hail from the United States, Russia, China, India, and Great Britain. If all goes well, they will be away from the place they call home and the people they love for three years. During this time, their relationships both on Earth and in space will be tested, as they struggle to stay alive and stay on track in pursuit of humanity’s most important goal. The world will be watching.
Away is a series about hope, humanity and how ultimately, we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things. It starred Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) as Emma Green are Emmy nominee Josh Charles (The Good Wife), and Talitha Bateman (Annabelle: Creation), along with Ato Essandoh, Mark Ivanir, Ray Panthaki and Vivian Wu.
As part of his multi-year deal with Netflix, Reeves had successfully won the bidding war for the story last year against major studios such as Warner Bros, Universal and Apple. The series was created by Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful) , who also written Away‘s first episode. The Path’s Jessica Goldberg was the series’ showrunner and writer. She was also an executive producer together with Ed Zwick (Nashville), who directed the first episode.
Universal Television, True Jack Productions, and 6th & Idaho produced the series which has Hinderaker set as writer and co-executive producer alongside Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Roswell) plus Reeves, Michelle Lee (Rise, The Path), Adam Kassan (Black Mass, End of Watch), and Jeni Mulein.