Shadow and Bone Canceled at Netflix, Author Issues Statement

Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo took to Instagram to address the shocking cancelation of Netflix’s series adaptation of her Grishaverse novels. In her post, she expressed her disappointment with the news, revealing that it has affected her deeply. Despite this, she is still very grateful to the cast and crew for their work on the series, while also thanking fans who have supported her books and the show.

“The news hit me hard. I’m heartbroken and deeply disappointed, but I’m also trying to hold on to my very real gratitude,” Bardugo wrote. “Most authors never get to see their work adapted. Many who do end up regretting the experience. I’m one of the very few who can look at an adaptation with pride and tremendous joy. I am so grateful to our writers, our crew and our extraordinary cast who are not just wildly talented, but genuinely good people. Most of all I want to say how grateful I am to the folks reading this — whether you found your way to the books first or discovered them through the show.”

“The Grishaverse is a better place because of you and I am so grateful for every tweet, post, comment, review, artwork, fic, tattoo, and cosplay that helped to make all of this possible. We’re book people and that means we never stop imagining that magic can be made real. You are proof of that. Now I’m going to go have a cry, and then maybe a drink, and see where the story takes us next.”

Following the end of the Hollywood strikes, the streamer has decided not to renew the hit fantasy drama for a third season. Prior to its cancelation, a Shadow and Bone spin-off series was previously in-development at Netflix, which would have centered around Bardugo’s 2015 novel Six of Crows.

Who was involved in Shadow and Bone series?

Based on Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone was created and executive produced by Oscar nominee Eric Heisserer, who also served as the writer and showrunner. The series starred Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman, Kit Young, Daisy Head, and Georgia Reece.

The adaptation hailed from 21 Laps Entertainment, with Bardugo, 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Dan Cohen, and Josh Barry, Pouya Shahbazian, and Lee Toland Krieger as executive producers.