Altered Carbon won’t get another new sleeve.
Netflix has canceled the sci-fi series after two seasons. News of the show’s end comes six months after the second season debuted on Feb. 27, although the decision was made quietly during the spring. The cancellation came down to the streamer’s usual viewership vs. cost analysis and wasn’t influenced by the coronavirus pandemic — unlike the cancellations of YA shows The Society and I Am Not Okay With This, which Netflix said were due to circumstances created by the pandemic.
Created by Laeta Kalogridis, Altered Carbon (based on a novel by Richard K. Morgan) is set in a future where human consciousness can be transferred to a new body. It centers on a character named Takeshi Kovacs, the sole surviving member of a vanquished rebel group. Joel Kinnaman played Takeshi in the first season, with Anthony Mackie taking over the role in season two.
The season two cast also includes Renee Elise Goldsberry, Lela Loren, Chris Conner, Simone Missick, Dina Shihabi and Torben Liebrecht.
Skydance Television produces the series. Alison Schapker served as showrunner on the second season.
Altered Carbon becomes the latest Netflix series to be canceled after a relatively short run. Along with The Society and I Am Not Okay With This, recent cancellations after one or two seasons at the streamer include Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show, Tuca and Bertie (although it was revived at Adult Swim), Turn Up Charlie, AJ and the Queen, Messiah, Spinning Out and Soundtrack, among others.
Deadline first reported the news.