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Apple has canceled the drama series “Shantaram” on Apple TV+, and the season one finale premieres on December 16.
“Shantaram” tells the story of Lin Ford (played by Charlie Hunnam), a former bank robber who moves to Bombay and tries to reinvent himself. It’s based on the best-selling book by Gregory David Roberts, which has sold over six million copies.
The series halted production in 2020 when former showrunner Eric Warren Singer departed the project. It then saw multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the typhoon season.
It’s unclear why Apple has canceled the show. Deadline reports that it hasn’t been as popular as other content on Apple TV+.
Along with Hunnam, the series starred Shubham Saraf, Elektra Kilbey, Fayssal Bazzi, Luke Pasqualino, Alyy Khan, Sujaya Dasgupta, Vincent Perez, David Field, Alexander Siddig, Gabrielle Scharnitzky, Elham Ehsas, Rachel Kamath, Matthew Joseph, and Shiv Palekar.
Showrunner Steve Lightfoot wrote the series and served as executive producer alongside Bharat Nalluri. Other executive producers include Andrea Barron, Nicole Clemens, Steve Golin, Justin Kurzel, and Eric Warren Singer, who co-created the series with Lightfoot.
Paramount Television produced the series for Apple with Anonymous Content’s AC Studios.
“Shantaram” joins other nixed Apple TV+ content, such as “Little Voice” which was also cancelled after one season in 2021. A songwriting drama produced by J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, that series told the story of a musician navigating the New York City music scene while coping with life.