Apple TV+ Drama Shantaram was canceled by the streamer after just one season, according to a recent report from Deadline. The drama, starring and produced by Charlie Hunnamwill conclude with tonight’s season 1 finale.
The series was unable to gain the popularity of Apple TV’s other hit series. The show will wrap up with its final streaming episode tonight, Friday the 16th. While Hunnam hasn’t commented on the news yet, in an earlier interview with Collider, the actor and producer believed the series was meant to be around for longer. “Coming from television when I read the book, I immediately thought about it in long form, thinking that it tells a story over 30, 40 or 50 hours,” Hunnam said in October.
The cancellation comes after a long struggle to get it Gregory David Robert‘s novel adapted for the screen. Prior to being greenlit by Apple TV+, several attempts to turn Robert’s novel into a film franchise were unsuccessful, including Johnny Deppof the campaign to adapt the novel. When Hunnam first read the novel seven years earlier and “fell madly in love with it,” the rights were already owned by Warner Bros. Both he and Eric Warren Singer, who gave the book to Hunnam, spent years trying to secure the rights before trying to get those who had them to hire them. “In moments where I lost faith in what was really happening, and there were a few of those moments, I considered other TV opportunities because I was actually very eager to get back on TV… Luckily, Apple was ready,” Hunnam said, revealing it Shantaram it was the series that wanted to “make the most” after his role as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller Sons of Anarchy.
The pandemic has also devastated the series’ release. Only two episodes of the series were filmed in late February 2020 before COVID-19 put filming on hold. Production did not resume for the final ten episodes until May 2021, mainly due to filming in multiple countries.
Based on Robert’s 700+ page novel, Shantaram, the series focuses on escaped Australian criminal, Lin Ford (Hunnam). Set in the 1980s, Ford tries to reinvent himself as a doctor in the slums of Bombay. Unfortunately, he finds himself both enmeshed with a local mafia and battling invading Russian troops in Afghanistan – employing her counterfeiting and weapons handling skills to help him – all while battling his own attraction to a woman named Karla (Antonia Desplat).
“It’s just an amazing odyssey of adventure, love, betrayal, crime, gods and everything in between,” said Hunnam of the series, who also stars Shubham Saraf, Elektra Kilbey, Fayssal Bazzi, Luke Pasqualino, Aly Khan, Sujaya Dasgupta, Vincent Perez, David Campo, Alexander Siddig, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Elham Ehsas, Rachel Kamath, Matthew JosephAnd Shiv Palekar. The series was written and executive produced by Steve Lightfootwith Bharat Nalluri on board as director and executive producer, e Andrea Barrone, Nicholas Clemens, Steve Golin, Justin Kurzzeland Singer as executive producers.
The season finale of Shantaram airs December 16, 2022 on Apple TV+. In the meantime, check out the official trailer below: