Over two months ago, Showtime announced the cancellation of their historical drama 'The Borgias,' much to the chagrin of an international fanbase of the historical drama. Since then, an impressive "Save The Borgias" campaign has been waged online... and recently at the TCA conference, the campaign took their pleas directly to David Nevins, the Entertainment President at Showtime.
Although Nevins remains stalwart regarding any potential revival of the costly period series, a new bit of news has come along which could sate some members of the "Save The Borgias" fanbase: series writer Neil Jordan's planned two-hour series finale script (which now will likely never be shot) is slated to be adapted and released as a prose-style EBook.
Jordan, who created 'The Borgias' for Showtime, will personally adapt his script into 'The Borgia Apocalypse,' the title for the new electronic text to be released soon. From the onset of 'The Borgias,' Jordan contended that the story was to play out over four seasons; due to budgetary restrictions, Showtime cut the series off after its third season, leaving fans with an unsatisfying conclusion. Not unlike another costly period drama before it called 'Deadwood,' 'The Borgias' developed a legion of fans who are struggling against the odds to try to convince the powers-that-be to film a fourth season--or, at the very least, film the two-hour finale.
Fans have become so boisterous regarding the campaign that an organized initiative paid a pilot to fly a plane passed the TCA conference last week, trailing a banner that said "D Nevins: sho fans you care -- save The Borgias." Beyond the plane stunt, a protestor dressed in period garb approached Nevins at the conference, begging the Entertainment President to find a way to bring the series back to production. While you have to applaud the creativity of the campaigners, it seems that Nevins is unphased; his response to those looking to resurrect the series was that the campaigners should try a Kickstarter campaign instead.
Regarding the upcoming EBook, Nevins had a happier comment: "we’re thrilled that the series’ loyal fans will have the opportunity to read Neil’s final farewell to one of history’s most infamous families," he said in a statement. Back when 'The Borgias' was first cancelled, Jordan told Deadline a bit about the proposed two-hour premiere:
"I wanted a totally biblical ending, for the pope to burn in hell,” he said. He said he wrote the proposed two-hour closer with the pope dying and no one willing to hear his confession. When they finally find a confessor and the pope starts to repent his sins, the confessor interrupts him, saying, “I’m sorry, it’s too late, you’re already dead and burning in hell.” “This satisfies all moral feelings about the pope,” Jordan said.
Are you interested in reading 'The Borgia Apocalypse'?