Now Apocalypse Creator Teases Potential Of Season 2 Revival
'Now Apocalypse' Creator Teases Potential Of Season 2 Revival
The writers' strike may provide a unique opportunity for its return.
Now Apocalypse may have had a tragically short life at Starz, but four years after its cancelation, creator Gregg Araki hasn’t given up on bringing it back to life just yet.
The bizarre Los Angeles-based series centered around Avan Jogia’s Ulysses, who started having prophetic dreams he feared were warning of the end of the world. It was the kind of bold and unapologetically queer look at the lives of young people that Araki became so well-known for in the 90s, and fans were sad to see it go.
But in a recent interview with Queerty about the highly anticipated re-releases of his cult classic films The Doom Generation and Nowhere, the conversation turned to how the Hollywood writers’ strike could actually pave the way for the show to return.
The theory is that after months of no new scripts being bought from US-based union talent in Hollywood, studios will be desperate to greenlight new projects to fill the empty slots in their upcoming schedules. And season two of Now Apocalypse is not only already written, but had initially been intended to return to the network prior to its surprise cancelation.
“It’s already written and so frustrating, but funny,” Araki said. “In season two, the lead female character writes a show pilot, scratchin g and clawing and trying to get it made, and it gets greenlight and in the next episode her executive [at the studio] gets fired and she gets put into turnaround.
“That’s exactly what happened to us! They greenlit season two, we wrote it, and then there was some political sh*t and our executive got fired and it was so prophetic.”
He added that he’s hoping this will provide the opportunity to make the new season, and praised the cast, which also consisted of Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, Roxane Mesquida, and Tyler Posey, as “one of the best I worked with.”
A show coming back several years after cancelation used to be practically unheard of, but the era of streaming and quick turnaround revivals has shifted the landscape. Now, a season two of Now Apocalypse coming to Starz five years after it was canceled doesn’t seem so farfetched after all.