Rejoice, Expansers! Jeff Bezos confirms Amazon is picking up 'The Expanse' for another season
Bezos is a big fan of The Expanse books and he was less than happy when the TV adaptation rights had gone to Syfy. Now, he's made sure it remains with his company.
Word had been going around about the Syfy science-fiction drama The Expanse - which was canceled by the company - was to be revived by Amazon, and guess what? The news has finally been confirmed! It was a conference dinner where Amazon owner Jeff Bezos was being honored that he decided to break the news that exactly 10 minutes prior he received a call about the company officially picking the show up for a fourth season.
"The show is extraordinary and these guys are unbelievably talented," said Bezos said, also teasing that it could possibly get aired on Amazon Prime Video. However, no word has been out on when the show will premiere or the number of episodes it will contain. Following the announcement, The Expanse cast - who were in the audience at that moment - shared the news via their social media.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-CEOs of The Expanse production company Alcon Entertainment also said in a statement: "We couldn't be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime! We are deeply grateful that Jeff Bezos, Jen Salke, and their team at Amazon have shown such faith in our show. We also want to thank Laura Lancaster, head of Alcon Television for her tireless efforts. We are fully aware that this wouldn't have been possible if it wasn’t for the staggering outpouring of support from the most creative, hardest working sci-fi fans around the world. From Reddit campaigns to airplanes, we say thank you. It worked!" Original story follows.
The news is truly thrilling for fans of the show as only less than a week ago, the original creators of the show, Syfy, had decided to drop it after three seasons. They had made an announcement sharing that the currently streaming third season was going to be its last.
The Hollywood Reporter also shared that Amazon is considering bringing the show to its streaming service, Prime Video. They also mentioned what a big fan of The Expanse books company owner Bezos was and how he was less than happy when the TV adaptation rights had gone to Syfy.
The agreement to move the show to the Prime Video streaming service hasn't been confirmed yet, but a Twitter account associated with the show's writers did confirm that discussion on the topic is happening. "We're excited, but the deal's not closed...we're not quite through the woods yet," the account writes in a tweet that has since been deleted. "Keep up the fight Expansers & watch this [week's] episode LIVE with us on SyFy. [W]e'll be dancing in the streets right along with you as soon as we get anything official."
If actually brought back for another season, The Expanse will be the second show this month to be dropped by a production company and picked up by another right away. The first one was the widely popular ex-Fox show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was canceled by them and picked up for an upcoming sixth season the very next day, by NBC.