The Turkish original series If Only was supposed to be produced by Ay Yapim Productions, for the streaming service, but has been plagued with disputes over the inclusion of a gay character.
Turkish authorities denied permission for the show, in which one of the five main characters is gay, to shoot using scripts as reviewed. Netflix pulled the plug altogether rather than bow to pressure to alter the script or the character.
Netflix will take the financial loss, paying pre-production costs as well.
A Netflix representative didn’t speak directly about the cancellation of If Only, but cited the streamer’s continuing efforts to produce original Turkish content, “Netflix remains deeply committed to our Turkish members and the creative community in Turkey. We are proud of the incredible talent we work with. We currently have several Turkish originals in production — with more to come — and look forward to sharing these stories with our members all around the world.”