The announcement comes two months after the horror drama starring Mamoudou Athie and Dina Shihabi premiered on January 14th. Archive 81 did break into Nielsen and Netflix’s weekly Top 10 originals ratings, and it briefly rose to No. 1 on Netflix in the United States until being dethroned by the return of Ozark.
The amount of views Archive 81 received may not have met the threshold Netflix set for the series based on its budget because the streamer is laser-focused on assessing viewing vs cost in its renewal decisions.
Rebecca Sonnenshine, who made her debut as a showrunner on Archive 81, based on the supernatural horror podcast and produced by James Wan’s Atomic Monster, wrote and executive produced the series.
When archivist Dan Turner (Athie) accepts a strange job restoring a collection of broken videotapes from 1994 in Archive 81, he finds himself reconstructing documentary filmmaker Melody Pendras’ (Shihabi) investigation into a frightening cult.
Dan becomes certain that he can save Melody from the horrific end she faced 25 years ago as he becomes immersed in her story. Following Uncorked and The Getdown, this was Athie’s third Netflix project.
He’ll next be seen in Jurassic World Dominion, a tentpole film. Meanwhile, Shihabi’s next endeavour is a series regular role on Netflix’s upcoming Painkiller. Rebecca Thomas, the director of Stranger Things, directed half of the series and co-executive produced it alongside Sonnenshine.
Writer and executive producer Paul Harris Boardman was in charge of the project. Atomic Monster was executive produced by Wan and Michael Clear. Rob Hackett served as a co-executive producer on the film.