Netflix South Africa recently confirmed that the second season of Queen Sono, Africa’s first-ever Netflix Original series, will not be renewed for a second season after all.
The series follows the South African spy Queen Sono who finds herself in a nefarious web of business and politics as she seeks to uncover the truth behind her mother’s death.
‘Made-in-South Africa’ stories
According to All4Women, the wildly successful series that captured the hearts of many in February 2020, initially looked set to return for its sophomore season. But following a flurry of reports in the media, a Netflix spokesperson confirmed to All4Women that the rumours were true and that Queen Sono would not be renewed after all. They said in a brief statement, “We’ve made the difficult decision not to move forward with season 2 of Queen Sono.
“We are incredibly proud of the Diprente team for sharing their audacious vision and bringing it to life with Netlflix. 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.”
Kagiso Lediga and Pearl Thusi on the cancellation of Queen Sono
Kagiso Lediga, who directed the series, said, “We wrote a beautiful story that spanned the continent but unfortunately could not be executed in these current trying times”.
Meanwhile, Pearl Thusi said: “It’s so incredible that we as a team got 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.”