‘File 81’: Netflix cancels the series after only one season
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‘File 81’ executive producer Rebecca Sonnenshine explained shortly after the series premiere that a second season had always been in her plans. However, it seems that this will not be possible since Netflix has decided not to continue with it..
According to Deadline, this is quite surprising, as the series received good ratings. In fact, it entered the weekly Top of Nielsen and Netflix. Most likely, Despite having been successful, the forecast of the streaming giant pointed higher, so it would have had to have a larger audience for it to be profitable to continue with it.
The series is based on a horror podcast of the same name. In it, Dan Turner, played in the Netflix version by Mamoudou Athie, is an archivist who begins to work on the restoration of tapes from 1994 that have been damaged in a fire. As his work progresses, he discovers that Melody Pendras (Dina Shihabi) appears in them. She is about a documentary filmmaker who investigated a sect that met in the Visser building. Little by little, this story begins to become Turner’s obsession.
Shonneshine, in addition to having debuted as showrunner on the series, is the writer and producer of the podcast, in which she had the collaboration of Atomic Monster, James Wan’s company. On the other hand, Rebecca Thomas (‘Stranger Things’) was also part of the team as director of half of the chapters.
As for the cast of what will be its only eight episodes, in addition to Athie and Shihabi, they are also part of it Evan Jonigkeit as Samuel, Julia Chan as Anabelle, Ariana Neal as Jess, and Matt McGorry as Mark Higgins.