The creator of Warrior Nun has shared a devastating update about his involvement in the upcoming film trilogy.
In 2022, the Netflix series was cancelled after two critically-acclaimed seasons, sparking outrage from fans.
After various fan-led campaigns, including a high-profile change.org petition, it was announced in June that Warrior Nun had been saved, with director and showrunner Simon Barry confirming that it will make an “epic” return.
“Today, I’m happy to officially report that because of your combined voices, passion and amazing efforts – #WarriorNun will return and is going to be more EPIC than you could imagine,” he announced on X (formerly known as Twitter) in June 2023.
On 15 August, executive producer Dean English revealed that three feature films have been commissioned to continue the titular character’s story.
While fans are eager to see the continuation of the Warrior Nun story, the upcoming films might be led by a different creative team.
Earlier this week, a mysterious countdown appeared on the Warrior Nun Saved website, which sparked excitement amongst the show’s dedicated fandom.
In response to the looming countdown and fan inquiry, series showrunner Barry took to X to deliver shocking news about his involvement in the upcoming projects.
“Hey #WarriorNun family thanks for all your comments/messages/questions etc. FYI – I have no idea what’s being announced tomorrow,” he wrote.
Hey #WarriorNun family, thanks for all your comments/messages/questions etc.
FYI – I have no idea what’s being announced tomorrow. I am not part of the team producing the movies, and have no deal in place for any writing or directing services. I am 👀 with you. pic.twitter.com/L0kqmlXDb1
— Simon Barry (@SimonDavisBarry) October 4, 2023
“I am not part of the team producing the movies, and have no deal in place for any writing or directing services. I am with you.”
Shortly after uploading his post, fans swarmed Barry’s mentions with devastating reactions to the news.
One person commented: “what??? you’re messing with us, right uncle simon??? we need youuuuuuu.”
Another fan wrote: “The hell.. we were fighting for #WarriorNun to coming back. But there is no Warrior Nun without you @SimonDavisBarry and the original cast… If you aren’t part in movies production I personally about to stop care about them anymore. Honestly – it’s not worth without you…”
Barry wasn’t the only Warrior Nun creative to admit their lack of involvement in the upcoming trilogy.
Two of the show’s producers – David Hayter, Amy Berg – echoed similar sentiments.
In an additional statement, Berg wrote: “For the record: I adore the show, our actors, our fans, and BFF @SimonDavisBarry.
“I think we’d both like to be involved but we don’t own the rights to the property. They’d have to make a deal with us.”
Based on Ben Dunn’s comic book Warrior Nun Areala, the series follows 19-year-old Ava Silva (Alba Baptista), who wakes up in a morgue with supernatural abilities and that discovers that she must battle demons on Earth.
While Warrior Nun was praised for its writing, acting and action sequences, it gained a passionate following due to its LGBTQ+ representation and blossoming relationship between Ava and Sister Beatrice (Kristina Tonteri-Young).
So, what was the #WarriorNun update? I know less than you guys at this point.
For the record: I adore the show, our actors, our fans, and BFF @SimonDavisBarry. I think we’d both like to be involved but we don’t own the rights to the property. They’d have to make a deal with us.
— Amy Berg (@bergopolis) October 5, 2023