Netflix’s Horizon Zero Dawn show has been scrapped

Rolling Stone has published a troubling report about Steve Blackman, the showrunner for The Umbrella Academy, in which they say he has been accused of “toxic, bullying, manipulative, and retaliatory behaviour”. Sadly it’s yet another story of a alleged abuse, sexist, homophobic, and transphobic remarks, and a toxic workplace.

Blackman calls the claims “entirely untrue” and “completely absurd”.

As well as running The Umbrella Academy Blackman was also adapting Horizon Zero Dawn for Netflix along with an outer-space thriller series called Orbital. Rolling Stone reports that both of these projects are no longer moving forward.

The Horizon TV show was revealed by Sony in an investor briefing in April 2022 but it was not until August that year we had more details, including the confirmation that Steve Blackman was going to be the showrunner. The synopsis was also revealed.

“Co-created by Steve Blackman and Michelle Lovretta, Horizon Zero Dawn is an epic sci-fi adventure series set a thousand years in the future, in a strange and beautiful world full of primitive tribes and high-tech machines, all built on the bones of the ‘Old Ones’ – the ruins of our present-day United States. The disaster that destroyed our world is long forgotten, but when these formerly peaceful machines mysteriously turn into dangerous hunters of all life, a young outcast named Aloy discovers that the only chance to save her world is to fight to uncover what happened to ours.”

A Horizon television show always seemed implausible as almost everything would have to be CGI, including the many robot creature, and that would be very expensive. In comparison something like The Last of Us can use real world locations, a log cabin in the woods is a log cabin in the woods, even if it’s a few years after a plague.

However all is not lost for Horizon fans as there is the upcoming LEGO game which will launch on PS5, Switch, and PC this Christmas.

Source: Rolling Stone

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