Warner Bros. cancels Swamp Thing due to high production costs

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing has premiered on DC Universe on May 31, 2019. It’s not even a full week and the show has been canceled on the streaming service that features DC shows, movies and comics. So what’s the reason behind the show getting canceled? The show was expensive to produce for the platform, and it’s reported that North Carolina was not being able to give Warner Bros. a good tax break.

The show was supposed to have 13 episodes, but it was reduced to 10 episodes with reports of creative difference. However, it looks like the creative difference thing is likely false. The show was filmed in North Carolina, and the budget was very high with the pilot episode costing $4.99 million. It’s reported that North Carolina promised a $40 million tax rebate (maybe even less), but due to a paperwork error, they weren’t able to honor the deal. What they were able to offer was an estimated $14 million, which is a big difference.

Now it’s starting to make sense why WB decided to reduce the episodes and shut down production. To do a second season, that means WB will have to put up more money to deliver the same quality as the first season. It’s reported that WB was expecting North Carolina to help out with half the production budget, but if that wasn’t happening, then that meant the show was going to be canceled.

Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica) and Gary Dauberman (It) are the co-writers, executive producers and co-showrunners for Swamp Thing. Len Wiseman is executive producing and directing the pilot. Other executive producers include Atomic Monster’s James Wan (Aquaman), Michael Clear, and Rob Hackett. It stars Andy Bean as Alec Holland, Crystal Reed (Gotham) as Abby Arcane and Derek Mears (Alita: Battle Angel) as Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing is a DC character created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, and the live-action series is airing Fridays on DC Universe.

Source: Star News Online

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