Netflix cancels She’s Gotta Have It after two seasons. Created by Spike Lee, the dramedy series is based on Lee’s 1986 feature debut of the same name. She’s Gotta Have It season 1 released in November 2017, and season 2 premiered last May.
In She’s Gotta Have It, DeWanda Wise portrays Nola Darling, a Brooklyn artist who seeks personal and professional stability. Nola is pursued by three men: Mars Blackmon (Anthony Ramos), Jamie Overstreet (Lyriq Bent), and Greer Childs (Cleo Anthony), all of whom have distinctly separate personalities. In comparison to the theatrical version of She’s Gotta Have It, the Netflix version features the same main characters and similarly addresses themes of personal empowerment. In addition, Lee’s Netflix update incorporates social media concepts to underline how Nola navigates modern-day Brooklyn. She’s Gotta Have It has been mostly well-received by critics and streamers, as the series currently holds a 77 percent Tomatometer rating, along with a 64 percent audience score. Last month, we predicted that Netflix would make an official decision about the future of She’s Gotta Have It by July.
Per Deadline, Netflix has decided not to renew She’s Gotta Have It for season 3. Ted Sarandos, the streaming service’s Chief Content Officer, released an official statement, noting that “While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods.” Sarandos also described Lee as “one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.” Even though the Nola Darling story has come to an end at Netflix, She’s Gotta Have It is reportedly being “shopped elsewhere”, though Lee's on-going relationship with Netflix does complicate matters.
Lee’s next Netflix project, Da 5 Bloods, is a feature film about Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to look for a buried treasure, and also to look for the remains of a fallen comrade. Given Lee’s history of tackling sociopolitical issues with his films, Da 5 Bloods will undoubtedly have a thick layer of subtext about war and racial conflict. Last March, Lee's new film began production in Thailand and Vietnam, with a main cast featuring Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo (The Good Fight), Clarke Peters (The Wire), and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad). Da 5 Bloods marks Lee’s first feature since the 2018 Oscar-nominated crime drama BlacKkKlansman.
In March 2018, the aforementioned Wise dropped out of the MCU’s Captain Marvel because of a scheduling conflict with She’s Gotta Have It. Given the depth that she brings to her Netflix role, it’s possible that another streaming service will pick up the series now that it’s been cancelled. Still, She’s Gotta Have It season 2 does indeed conclude with a sense of a resolution for the main character. The series' future all depends on whether Lee wants to address more issues with She’s Gotta Have It, or if he wants to invest more time into feature films, or perhaps a brand new Netflix series.