It’s been a few days since we reported that Amazon was close to a deal that would save The Expanse and last night at a National Space Society event Jeff Bezos made it official. Alcon Entertainment makes the show, which is currently airing season three on Syfy, and said in a statement: “We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime!” The press release confirmed season four, while Bezos said the show will be a Prime Original “for the coming seasons.”
Here he is actually making the announcement…
“We couldn’t be more excited that The Expanse is going to continue on Amazon Prime,” Alcon Entertainment Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a press release. “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!”
Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos was a big fan of The Expanse books. Syfy held the first-run linear rights for the show in the US, but Amazon held streaming rights for the first three seasons of the show. According to reports, Bezos wanted the rights to the show before they went to Syfy, but The Expanse came with a massive price tag for the NBC-Universal owned Network – just look at the production value – and without the SVOD rights or international rights, which Netflix held.
The cast were in attendance at the event and here’s their reaction…
— Cas Anvar (@Casanvar) May 26, 2018
The next episode of The Expanse season 3 airs on Wednesday at 9pm ET on Syfy in the US. Season 1 and 2 are on Netflix in the UK.
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