StartUp stars give a disappointing update on season 4 plans

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StartUp is still holding a place in the Netflix top 10 since it arrived back in May 2021. The intense crime drama TV series, created by Ben Ketai, first made its debut on a smaller network, five years previously. Stars Luis Prieto and Tristan Clopet spoke exclusively to about the show’s future.

StartUp has come back into the spotlight since finding a new home on Netflix, and it has gained a huge fanbase across the globe.

The 2016 series follows a group of unlikely friends as they set up a new form of cryptocurrency, known as GenCoin.

Nick Talman (played by Adam Brody), is a businessman who invests in the idea, which was created by programmer Izzy Morales (Otmara Marrero).

They are joined by street criminal Ronald Dacey (Edi Gathegi), and together they face the wrath of Phil Rask (Martin Freeman), Wes Chandler (Ron Perlman) and Rebecca Stroud (Mira Sorvino).

Luis Prieto is a Spanish film director who worked on four episodes of the series back in 2016.

He spoke exclusively to about the prospect of a fourth season, which is yet to be announced.

He said: “This, I really don’t know. It was a Crackle show and from the story, it was working very well.

“I think people were aware it was connecting with the audience but I’m not sure what happened.

“Sometimes things just stop and sometimes it’s for the best. I’m sure Ben Ketai would be extremely excited to continue the adventure.”

The series was known for its star-studded cast, including British actor, Martin Freeman.

The director added: “Martin Freeman’s role was definitely my favourite, without a doubt.

“You really felt sorry for this guy, he was just trying to do the right thing and he got his hands dirty.

“The chance the role presented and the way Martin handled it was brilliant, he brought something really unique like a loser investigator that’s trying to do his best, and he gets carried away sometimes.”

The series is also loved for its high-octane plot, and it was definitely ahead of its time.

Olly Blackburn was another director working on the series, and he said: “What drew me to it were the three c’s – characters, cast and crypto.

“Also, I love that it’s about people at every level of society and background colliding with each other.

“It’s the 21st century American melting pot – Haitian Americans, Jewish Americans, Russian Americans all chasing a (digital) buck.”

He said he “never guessed” the show would be this big, although everyone involved had loved the world they were creating.

He did not address the future of the series but did say it had finally found its place on Netflix.

He said: “If you make something big that connects with people, the audience will find it eventually, and all around the world too.  

“Good things come to those who wait, I guess. Which is ironic as the characters in StartUp are terrible at waiting – they are always on to the next hustle.”

Prieto had questioned whether the original network, Crackle, was still on the scene.

Crackle is owned by Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment and it is a video streaming service in America.

Sony used to have a stake in Crackle, which is sold in December 2020, giving Chicken Soup sole ownership.

For now, it seems there are no plans to revive the show for a fourth season.

StartUp is streaming on Netflix now.

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