Aww well shucks, that stinks. The king of all things supernatural, purveyor of all the truth that’s out there, Chris Carter, has parted ways with Amazon Studios and their pick-up of his intended series, The After. Noooo what happened, you guys?
The X-Files creator’s intended series was picked up by Amazon back in March — after airing the pilot on the platform in February — and received a lot of positive feedback from folks who streamed the episode online (it’s part of their process; show the pilots to the masses on Amazon Prime in order to figure out the series with which they should move forward).
“We have decided to not move forward with The After,” explained Roy Price, VP of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “We would like to thank Chris Carter, the phenomenal cast, crew and producers for all their efforts.”
For those not in the know, the drama focused on eight strangers forced to survive an explanation-defyingly violent world. It starred a fairly impressive ensemble cast that included Adrian Pasdar, Sharon Lawrence, Jamie Kennedy, Aldis Hodge, Andrew Howard, Arielle Kebbel, Sam Littlefield, Louise Monot, and Jaina Lee Ortiz. Carter explained at the last Television Critics Association press tour that he was using Dante’s Inferno as his inspiration point.
So — who else is kinda/sorta bummed about all this? What with the success (and general goodness) of series like Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, our hopes for Amazon’s increased original content slate was growing exponentially. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.