The OA's Jason Isaacs Shares How 'Heartbroken' He Is Over Netflix Cancellation

Jason Isaacs Sad About The OA Cancellation

Fans and cast members alike are still upset following the cancellation of The OA. The series suffered another major blow after Netflix confirmed that there would be no movie to wrap up any of the show’s remaining storylines. Actor Jason Isaacs, who played the evil Dr. Hunter Aloysius “Hap” Percy, wasn’t too thrilled about the news either.

In an interview with SYFY WIRE, Jason Isaacs -- most notable among sci-fi/fantasy fans for playing Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies -- said he was saddened by the news of The OA’s cancellation. The series meant so much to so many, attaining a passionate fanbase that recently collected money to buy a billboard in hopes to reverse the cancellation. Isaacs believed the show had a strong “human connection” that spoke to fans.

I was heartbroken it was over ... because I think it's one of the most original — or maybe the most original — and special series I've been in. But more importantly, it affected people so profoundly, so much more than just watching the story. People were helped by it, many of them. There was a man recently posted an incredibly moving story about how it helped him through the death of his son, and there were many instances of that, people who faced all kinds of challenges who were inspired by it. To say it had a message is to take away from the art of it, I think, but somehow there was still a human connection.

Series creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij had been in talks to produce a movie, but the plans fell through because they both believed that a two-hour film wouldn’t have been enough time to tie up loose ends. Jason Isaacs says he doesn’t blame Netflix for ultimately cancelling the show, though. He’s just happy that The OA was able to get two seasons.

It's very sad, but it's such a positive show that I had to take from it the gratitude for having made two seasons, for Netflix for having had the balls to commission something so extraordinary and unlike anything I'd ever seen before, and then the fans for embracing it. . . . I can't judge anyone at Netflix for doing their job. I don't know what their job is or how they decide what they do. I wouldn't want their job. I'm just really glad that we got to do the two seasons. I'm personally heartbroken that we're not making anymore, but not for my employment prospects, but because I was a fan. I'm dying to see — because I know they've got it mapped out. I'm hoping one day they'll sit down with me and talk me through season three, four, and five just as a fan so they can finish the story for me.

Most recently, Brit Marling posted a message on Instagram expressing her sincere gratitude to everyone involved with the show and the fans’ dedication throughout the last two seasons. Hopefully, Isaacs will get his wish and learn what Marling and Batmanglij had in store for The OA.

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Mae Abdulbaki