A new report indicates that the Swamp Thing series may be cutting its first season short.
The series has been filming in the Wilmington, North Carolina area since Nov. 2018 and was expected to continue shooting through May of this year. However, a new report from the Wilmington Star News says the crew got some surprising news on Tuesday evening.
According to the report, the crew was informed that the series would be wrapping production with episode 10 despite the plan calling for 13 episodes. Writers would be in the process of adjusting the script to account for the shortened season.
The potentially most disturbing portion of the report is that the crew who shared the information said they were told it was because Warner Bros. is assessing the future of the DC Universe service. Having only launched this past Sept. that does seem a bit fast for such an assessment to already be happening, but the streaming landscape has changed significantly in that time period.
Since the launch of the service, plans for a larger, more encompassing, Warner Bros. service have emerged. Additionally, the pricing for Disney+ was announced last week and at $6.99 for significantly more content, it has had consumers start buzzing about the pricing of all streaming services. With Swamp Thing having a reported budget of $85M according to documents filed with the state of North Carolina, it’s possible Warner Bros. is looking at the financials of everything right now.
For now, there is no official confirmation of any aspect of this report. We’ve reached out to Warner Bros. for comment. Should we hear anything official we will update this post.
Swamp Thing is expected to debut on DC Universe on May 31.