Meghan Markle’s Netflix Animated Show “Pearl” Officially Cancelled

LONDON (May 1, 2022) — It has been reported that Pearl, which had been the working title for Meghan Markle’s Netflix show, has been officially cancelled.  

Meghan Markle’s animated series has been axed by Netflix as part of a series of cutbacks made by the streaming giant.

Meghan had been due to be an executive producer on the project alongside David Furnish, with Pearly following the adventures of a young girl who found inspiration via influential women throughout history.

The cartoon had been announced last summer, with Meghan saying at the time: “Like many girls her age, our heroine Pearl is on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to overcome life’s daily challenges.

“I’m thrilled that Archewell Productions, partnered with the powerhouse platform of Netflix and these incredible producers, will together bring you this new animated series, which celebrates extraordinary women throughout history. David Furnish and I have been eager to bring this special series to light, and I am delighted we are able to announce it today.”

Meghan and Harry had created Archewell Productions at Netflix in autumn 2020 in order to create original documentaries and children’s shows, with Pearl set to be their first animated series.

The project had reportedly still been in the development stage, with  insiders suggesting to the online news outlet that Netflix are still hopefully regarding other projects as part of the Archewell deal – including documentary series Hear of Invictus.  
 
Other animated series that have been canned include Dino Daycare and Boons and Curses.
 

Phil Rynda, whose official title is Netflix’s Director of Creative Leadership and Development for Original Animation, was let go in April 2022, along with several of his staff, TheWrap can exclusively report and Netflix has confirmed, said Yahoo News.

According to several creators who spoke to TheWrap, the Kids & Family space at Netflix Animation has changed. Series that benefited from great word-of-mouth and critical praise aren’t being renewed and several high-profile projects have been unceremoniously canceled, including the long-delayed adaptation of Jeff Smith’s beloved comic book series “Bone” (first announced back in 2019). Netflix, which just saw its stock plummet more than 30% after revealing a subscriber and revenue loss during its first-quarter earning report Tuesday, isn’t just in trouble on Wall Street. It’s also facing complications in Toon Town,” added Yahoo News.

Rynda’s firing was perhaps an inevitable end to a deeply chaotic period for Netflix Animation, particularly its Kids & Family division, which saw a boom of talent and creativity give way to corporate pressure, mixed messages and accusations of “staged data,” Yahoo News further reported.

 
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Source: The Mirror and Yahoo News contributed to the article.

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