It looks like Netflix does not, in fact, gotta have it. (Had to do it; too easy.)
It’s official. She’s Gotta Have It is not being renewed for Season 3. According to a press release via Netflix, their strategy when it comes to parting ways with their television shows has more to do with viewership than cost.
However, it does look like Netflix wants to keep its ongoing relationship with show creator Spike Lee.
“Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and we’re thrilled he brought the series She’s Gotta Have It (1986, based on his first feature film) to Netflix,” Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in an official statement. “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.”
Da 5 Bloods is a war drama about a group of Vietnam veterans. The cast includes Chadwick Boseman, Delroy Lindo, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jean Reno. The film does not currently have a release date.
The new film will be the streaming platform’s fourth collaboration with Lee. Along with She’s Gotta Have It, Lee directed Roger Guenveur Smith’s one-man show Rodney King and produced See You Yesterday for the network.
As for She’s Gotta Have It, Netflix also noted the series is expected to be shopped elsewhere. Regardless of whether or not the series finds a new home, I do hope its leading lady DeWanda Wise’s career opens up and flourishes in her next chapter. Even as we all acknowledge the struggles of the series (especially as it pertained to its outdated and non-nuanced writing), it was Wise’s portrayal of Nola Darling that kept a lot of people watching.
Speaking of Wise shining in Netflix programming, homegirl stole the show in the film Someone Great, starring Gina Rodriguez and LaKeith Stanfield. Really, get into this sample of her character Erin’s quotes:
Along with Wise, She’s Gotta Have It also starred Anthony Ramos, Ilfenesh Hadera, Cleo Anthony, Lyriq Bent, Margot Bingham, Chyna Layne, and Fat Joe, with Lee directing every single episode. This was Lee’s first time diving into the world of series television.