Nat Geo’s The Right Stuff series cancelled at Disney+ after one season
Disney+ has officially decided not to renew National Geographic’s historical drama series adaptation of The Right Stuff for a second season. The cancellation comes six months after the Patrick J. Adams-led series had debuted its 8-episode first season last October. This also marks the first time that Disney+ has cancelled a scripted series.
According to Deadline, Warner Bros. Television is currently trying to shop the series to other outlets such as TNT and HBO Max. Because of this, they gave a two-week extension for the cast’s contracts that were supposed to expire last Saturday.
The series was based on Tom Wolfe’s 1979 book of the same name and was previously first adapted into film in 1983 which was led by Scott Glenn and Ed Harris. The said film also gained critical acclaim and have won four Oscars out of eight nominations.
In the first season, to combat a national sentiment of fear and decline, the U.S. government conceives of NASA’s Project Mercury, igniting a space race with the Soviets and making instant celebrities of a handful of the military’s adrenaline-fueled test pilots. These individuals, who come to be known as the Mercury Seven, are forged into heroes long before they have achieved a single heroic act. At the heart of a historic drama populated by deeply human characters, archrivals John Glenn and Alan Shepard jockey to become the first man in space.
The Right Stuff starred Patrick J. Adams (Suits) as John Glenn, Jake McDorman (Limitless) as Alan Shepard, and Colin O’Donoghue (Once Upon a Time) as Gordon Cooper. It also featured Eric Ladin, Patrick Fischler, Nora Zehetner, Eloise Mumford, Shannon Lucio, and Josh Cooke.
The Right Stuff is co-production between Appian Way Productions and Warner Horizon Television in partnership with National Geographic. It is executive produced by Lafferty, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Will Stapples, Lizzie Mickery and David Nutter.