Hulu has canceled its scripted series Babylon 5 and Star Wars after Disney pulled the plug on the film series.
The news comes after the Disney-owned streaming service said in November it would stop making new scripted series from the studio, which had previously announced plans to release more than 1,000 episodes of the show.
The Disney-run streaming service has been in the crosshairs of critics for several years, with its recent decision to move on from “Babylonia 5” and the series that follows it.
“We are in the midst of making a difficult decision to pull the plug, which will have a significant impact on the lives of many fans who are watching Babylon 5,” a Hulu spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly.
“While we appreciate the fans who have made Babylon 5 a beloved franchise and we look forward to bringing it back, it is a difficult choice for us to make.”
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas and Star Trek: The Next Generation star Anthony Rapp have been critical of Hulu, while “Babel” director Andrew Stanton has said he is unhappy with the streaming service’s content policy.
The decision to cancel “Babe” and “Star War” was made by Hulu’s CEO Chris Liddell, a Disney executive, and his son-in-law, Jeffrey B. Levinson, a senior vice president of global content and distribution.
“Hulu has a long and proud history of creating groundbreaking original content for audiences worldwide,” Levinson said in a statement.
“This decision was made in the best interest of the many fans of ‘Babe,’ ‘Star Trek: TNG,’ and other Star Wars films who we know will continue to find value in Hulu.”
“The decision to stop the production of new ‘Babaels’ shows comes after Hulu learned from our international partners that they will not be able to license the rights to produce new ‘StarWars’ content,” Levison continued.
“In the coming weeks, we will continue working to bring these shows to viewers around the world, and we are looking forward to introducing new shows in 2018.”
The company also said it was planning to produce an “Babaes” television series, which has been shelved for a number of years.
“StarWars” creator J.J. Abrams has said that “Bombshell” should not be cancelled because it will only make him money.
“The only reason I’m cancelling it is because it’s a Star Wars property and that’s the only reason,” Abrams said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last month.
“That’s the story of it.
That’s the origin story.”
“Babs” was the only original “Star Trek” series to survive the reboot, which included a sequel to “Starman” and several new characters.
“Babi” has also been revived as a spinoff, “Babbel.”