“They can do whatever they want”: Warrior Nun Showrunner Reveals Real Reason Behind Leaving Movie Trilogy After Falling Out With Streaming Giant

Warrior Nun gets greenlighted for a trilogy has the showrunner on edge!

“They can do whatever they want”: Warrior Nun Showrunner Reveals Real Reason Behind Leaving Movie Trilogy After Falling Out With Streaming Giant

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  • Warrior Nun is a Netflix series which was cancelled after its two seasons received average ratings.
  • Barry Simon was initially attached as the director for the announced film trilogy.
  • However, Simon ended up stepping down, and recently claimed the project was merely a result of Netflix's greed.
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Warrior Nun has evolved into one of the most popular TV series out there. Based on the book Warrior Nun Areala by Ben Dunn, the Netflix series received average ratings with two seasons to its name and was recently saved by an announcement.

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Warrior Nun was going to be followed up by a film trilogy expanding the lore of the original series. Although the movies essentially saved the franchise from dying, showrunner Simon Barry ended up leaving the project. A recent interview from the showrunner alleges that this was because the project in his opinion was a result of greed, which led to the film series as well.

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Alba Baptista in a still from Warrior Nun
Alba Baptista in a still from Warrior Nun

When Warrior Nun Showrunner Quit The Movies

With two seasons to its name but not much recognition, Alba Baptista’s Warrior Nun was on the brink of dying. An announcement was also made that there wouldn’t be a third season for the franchise because there simply wasn’t enough to keep the series alive.

Alba Baptista as Ava Silva in Warrior Nun. Cr. Maria Heras/Netflix © 2022
Alba Baptista as Ava Silva in Warrior Nun. Cr. Maria Heras/Netflix © 2022

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After some controversies, it was finally announced that the franchise would continue with three movies. Showrunner Simon Barry was initially on board the storytelling but later dropped out due to reasons unknown, until now. Talking to  The OCS Newsletter, the showrunner revealed the reason why he had to leave the project and the answer is somewhat controversial.

“As soon as Warrior Nun was canceled, I was out looking for more work…. So in my mind, I have to pay my bills, I have to feed my family. So I was not waiting for anything Warrior Nun related to happen as a professional. I was out there, doing what I do, what I’ve done for 30 years, which is write stories, find stories, make stories, and that’s it.”

He further continued,

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“So for me, the announcement that this company was interested was, I felt just a thing that the fans would be happy about. I wasn’t putting into any context for myself, it was just this is good news. Period. Only later did I realize that their agenda for making the film was really not going to be similar to what the TV show was.”

Barry Simon ended the statements by saying that “it’s not my business” and that he was simply a “hired gun” for Netflix. But with seasons at hand and an average rating and cancellations, how did Warrior Nun manage to earn three movies? Well, it was all because of the fans!

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Fans Petitioned for Warrior Nun to Continue Developing!

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Warrior Nun Gets resurrected as a film trilogy

Related: “They talk to a very small audience on a very big budget”: Netflix Deflects Blame Towards Customers, Claims Successful Shows are Never Canceled After Axing Warrior Nun

Back in December 2022, Netflix revealed that the series will not be renewed for a third season after not getting enough reception for the first two. This led to several fans petitioning and urging Netflix to sell the rights and let any other studio take over. The petition received over 123,000 signatures and showrunner Barry Simon revealed via his X (formerly Twitter) that the show had been renewed for a third season.

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It was executive producer Dean English, who confirmed that the storyline would actually continue in the forms of three movies and also teased a universe based on the books. The recent words of Barry Simon, however, seem to indicate that the movies might not follow the television series! The series is available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.

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Written by Visarg Acharya

Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.