- Queen Sono, the first African original series from Netflix, won't be returning for a second season after all.
- Season two of the show faced a complex set of production challenges that was brought on by among other things Covid-19.
- Director and creator Kagiso Lediga said the show "could not be executed during these current trying times".
Netflix's first African original series, Queen Sono, will not be returning for a second season.
The series which follows a highly trained South African spy played by local actress Pearl Thusi was originally given the thumbs up for a return to the streaming platform.
However, Channel24 has learnt that due to a complex set of production challenges brought on by among other things Covid-19, season two won’t be taking place after all.
The first season of the energetic and extravagant action series, which has a 91% critic rating on review-aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, was shot in 37 different locations across the continent, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zanzibar.
"We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with season 2 of Queen Sono," a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to Channel24.
Adding; "We are incredibly proud of the Diprente team for sharing their audacious vision and bringing it to life with Netflix. A huge thank you to our fans across the world for the love shared for our first African Original series.
"Netflix is also grateful to the amazing efforts shown by the cast and crew for their stellar efforts in creating this show for our members around the world. We’ll continue to work closely with South Africa’s creative industry to keep producing more compelling 'Made-in-South Africa' stories."
In a statement to Channel24, director and creator Kagiso Lediga said; "We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times."
The show’s star, Pearl Thusi, says it was "incredible" that the team got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make history together as there will "never be another 'first' African Netflix original series".
"I’m proud of the work we did, but everything happens for a reason. I am excited about what the future holds," Pearl added.
Other local productions coming soon to Netflix from South Africa include How to Ruin Christmas, JIVA!, Blood & Water season 2, Kings of Joburg, and Riding with Sugar which will be streaming from Friday.