Despite positive reviews and impressive viewership numbers, 1899 won’t be setting sails again. Netflix canceled the sci-fi mystery series after only one season, even though the show’s creators had ideas for future chapters.
1899 was co-created by Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, who previously joined forces with Netflix for Dark. The duo was hoping they’ll get to finish this incredible journey with two more seasons, as they did with their previous series, but eventually announced the show’s cancelation on Instagram, adding that things sometimes don’t turn out the way you planned.
1899 centered on passengers of a steamship named Kerberos, setting sails from Southampton to New York, with a group of European emigrants hoping to start a new life overseas. Their journey turns upside down when they come across a nightmarish riddle aboard a second ship adrift on the open sea.
1899 premiered on Netflix on November 17, and made history as the most expensive German television series of all time, with an estimated budget of €60 million. Netflix’s decision to cancel it comes as somewhat of a shocker because it debuted at No. 2 on Netflix’s list of Top 10 TV English titles and stayed there for two more weeks.