Netflix cancels development of Meghan Markle’s animated series after losing subscribers

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Meghan Markle is dealing with the consequences of losing Netflix subscribers for the first time in a decade. The Duchess of Sussex’s planned animated series, tentatively titled “Pearl”, will no longer be produced by the streaming platform. Diffusion, advance at the deadline, who called the decision “undesirable Royal flush“.

The children’s series has not been immune to the cuts once-dominant Netflix has had to make, following the loss of subscribers and the fall in the value of the shares.

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“Even before recent events, Netflix was advising producers to submit some of their projects in development to other platforms. Clearly, the excessively high costs of Netflix content are being reassessed. As Netflix has felt pressure to create [cinematografia] original to reinforce your catalog (…) there are reasons [que explicam] the reason producing so much content has never been done before. It’s unreasonable to expect bosses to control so many projects and many of them to be memorable.according to the report, cited by Deadline.

Announced in July last year, the children’s series would follow the adventures of a 12-year-old girlwho “learns to assume his own power when he embarks on this heroic and along the way, he meets several important women in history“, in the words of Megan Casey, head of animation productions of the Diffusion. Markle would executive produce alongside David Furnish (“Rocketman” and “Sherlock Gnomes”), Carolyn Soper (“Tangled”), Liz Garbus (“I’ll Be Gone in the Dark”) and Dan Cogan (“Icarus”) . ) .

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Assuming she was “thrilled” when the news became public, the Duchess of Sussex wrote in a statement: cited by The Hollywood Reporter: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery while trying to cope with a series of daily challenges.”.

It would be the first animated series with the Archewell Productionsthe creative gamble of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex months after making the megxit. It was last September that they founded the company and signed a multi-year deal with Netflix.

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So far, there is no indication that the production of the documentary series “Heart of Invictus”, the first production unveiled and which focuses on the “Invictus Games” – the sporting event created by the prince in 2014, in which former members of the armed forces with physical limitations, survivors of injuries or serious illnesses compete and which took place last month, in The Hague (Netherlands) – be affected.

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A Netflix representative he said to the initiate who the platform wants to collaborate with the Archewell Productions in other future projects. For now, the company of the Dukes did not comment on the situation, leaving the future of the “Pearl” anime series open.

the platform of Diffusion also decided to stop working on two other anime series, “Creche Dino” and “Boons and Curses”, second The Hollywood Reporter.

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