We did it!
Thanks to the incredible, historic efforts of the cast, crew and fans of the critically acclaimed sci-fi epic, “The Expanse,” the television show has been resurrected by Amazon Studios and Alcon Entertainment for a fourth season. Just two weeks after being cancelled by Syfy, the massive grassroots effort that followed the news achieved its goal in saving the series, which is now set to appear on Amazon Prime.
At ISDC in Los Angeles on May 25, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the big news, telling the gathering that, “I was talking to the cast half an hour ago, before the break for dinner started. I was telling them that we are working hard at Amazon to save The Expanse but it wasn’t a done deal yet. During dinner, ten minutes ago, I just got word that The Expanse is saved,” Bezos said to a big applause. “The show is extraordinary and these guys are unbelievably talented,” he added, pointing to The Expanse table.”
The decision came amid confirmation from Alcon that they were in talks with Amazon to #SaveTheExpanse and as fans of the show united in little more than a week to crowdfund and then fly airplane banner over Amazon Studios, gathered more than 135,000 signatures on Change.org for Amazon to pick up the show, produced stunning videos to promote the campaign and on Thursday, launched a model Roci into near-space.
The efforts struck a chord with major media outlets such as Newsweek, again directly appealing to Amazon, which reported on the fan-led movement, giving it international exposure.
In a statement on Reddit, #SaveTheExpanse organizers praised the cast, crew and fans for their dedication: “Fans from all over the world made a difference. Thank you to the cast and crew for creating something wonderful that has brought us all together. Cas (Alex), Wes (Amos), Jim Murray (Prop Master), and Bob Munroe (VFX/Producer, aka /u/gert_jonny) stayed connected with the fans and kept us in the loop, keeping this movement energized.”
The group added, concluding, “And thank you to Alcon and Amazon, for listening to your viewers and coming to this epic decision.”
If you want to thank the cast and crew for their support, tweet at them using #SAVEDTheExpanse. We did it!