MOVIE NEWS – It came as a shock to fans when HBO Max cancelled the sci-fi series Raised by Wolves, produced and “brainchild” of Ridley Scott, and the cast is now joining forces to save it somehow.
The streaming service recently cancelled one of HBO Max’s first original series, Raised by Wolves – which first premiered in 2020 – to critical acclaim and significant viewership (we loved it too). Although the reason for the unexpected decision was not clarified, the Warner Bros. Discovery merger was reported, which has already caused several other cancellations. The second season of Children of the Wolf aired earlier this year and was hailed by critics as a significant improvement on its predecessor. And the season two finale ended on a huge cliffhanger, leaving fans with many burning questions.
Raised by Wolves is the creation of Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and follows two androids who raise human children on an unexplored planet after a religious war destroys Earth. Ridley Scott is producing the series. Raised by Wolves stars Amanda Collin, Abubakar Salim, Travis Fimmel, Niamh Algar, Winta McGrath and Matias Varela. The series lost some of its shine in the season one finale, but the brilliant second season made up for it in spades.
With its slightly serial ambition and original sci-fi story, Raised by Wolves has earned itself a loyal fan base. And as you might expect, everyone from the cast to the fans is furious that the series has been cancelled.
Abubakar Salim, who plays the male android Dad in The Wolf’s Children, was the first to announce the cancellation of the series, urging fans to show their support with the #RenewRaisedByWolves message. Niamh Algar and Winta McGrath have also joined the movement, with Apple TV+, Amazon and other streaming providers signalling their help to save Raised by Wolves.
There’s also a Change.org petition and a Reddit group calling for a renewal of Raised by Wolves, which fans of the series should definitely check out.
There is still hope for Raised by Wolves to find a new home.
According to Abubakar Salim, there is hope that Children of the Wolf will get a Season 3, albeit on a different streaming service, as HBO Max seems to be out of the picture for good. Salim says that Ridley Scott and his team are working hard to bring Raised by Wolves to other homes, and if enough fans speak out, there’s a realistic chance the series could be revived. Here’s what Salim revealed in the original tweets:
“As we speak, Scott Free and the creatives are pushing for the show to be continued in other homes – sharing the reception and pull of the show to other storytellers. There is no denying that we are in a time where the power of a community voice can make change. There’s been many instances we’ve collectively witnessed where this has happened, few that spring to mind is The Expanse, Top Boy as well as with good ol Synder… So I’m asking for action. I see the pure love, passion and questions (too too many) that arise DAILY on Twitter for RBW. I’m now asking that you continue to, and with even more vigour, show that genuine love here, there, and everywhere as we search for that new home.”
As Salim mentioned, there have been instances in the past where a channel has abruptly cancelled a hit series only to have another channel pick it up, such as Lucifer and The Expanse. In March, Wolf’s Den creator Aaron Guzikowski told ET that he was almost done writing the third season but confirmed that the series had not yet been given the green light. Given that the future of Children of the Wolf is already mapped out and the way season two has wrapped, fans deserve closure. Hopefully, another network will continue the series.