National Geographic’s big Disney+ launch show has not gone according to plan. The Right Stuff, an adaptation of Tom Wolfe’s 1979 non-fiction novel has been cancelled.
The streamer has decided not to order any further episodes meaning the show will end after a single season of eight episodes. National Geographic has said it is:
“…redesigning its strategy.”
They will be revamping their line up given their learnings of over a year on a straining service and moving forward the show was no longer a good fit.
Let us hope this doesn’t mean they are going down the Discovery route with blended fiction and Redneck reality TV. A great educational channel ruined by the reality TV age.
Now Warner Bros. Television is looking at potential new homes like TNT and HBO Max. The studio recently sought an extension of the options on the cast to return for a second season so they can figure out if the series can continue elsewhere.
What’s not clear is what the direction of the series would take. Apparently negotiations with Disney+ included a potential new direction for the show with a focus on a space mission from the 1980s with a completely new cast, making The Right Stuff into an anthology series of sorts. It’s not clear if that would be the plan at a new streaming home.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson executive producers with Mark Lafferty as the third executive producer and showrunner.