For months now, I’ve watched (and written about) the worldwide army of Warrior Nun fans — and, specifically, about the long-shot effort to save their beloved Netflix series that the streamer canceled back in December. Perusing the regular #SaveWarrior Nun data and news email that the campaign sends out, which shares updates as well as reminders to tweet a certain number of times and around specific hashtags, you couldn’t help but admire and respect the fans’ passion and commitment. Especially now that it’s finally paid off.
Thanks largely to the campaign that also included launching a Substack, installing physical billboards around the world, and hosting meetups as well as multiple Twitter spaces with the Warrior Nun cast and crew, Warrior Nun is officially coming back. But not as an extension of the show … as three feature films. Yes, you read that right.
The announcement of a forthcoming movie trilogy came from Warrior Nun executive producer Dean English, which you can watch in full above. Here also is a written version of his announcement, below, which he shared on the Warrior Nun Saved website:
Hi, my name is Dean English and I’m the executive producer of Warrior Nun. I’m the person who found the graphic novel and asked the dangerous question of, “What if?” First of all, I need to start by thanking all of you loyal fans. It’s because of you and your incredible energy that we keep pushing forward to make these stories. You guys really make it all worthwhile. So thank you so much for your continued support.
I am very happy to announce that Warrior Nun is coming back as a trilogy of motion pictures. Once again, a trilogy of feature films. Three.
One thing we need to touch on involves the strike in Hollywood involving actors and writers. And it’s due to that that we cannot make any announcements today on that front. Some may ask, “Does this perhaps infer that there’s going to be a universe being launched of Warrior Nun, which could expand into films and TV series following characters that we already know?” The answer to that question is yes. And there will be more details in the future.
There is a Halo Bearer email hotline that you sign up for. And from there, you’re going to get announcements of all the major developments as we go forward. And there’s going to be a lot. And I know a lot of you have questions. Your answers will come through that.
In closing, I want to say that you guys have made me very, very proud through all your hard work and inspired me all the time to keep going. So in this life or the next.
I can’t stress this enough: Warrior Nun’s global fanbase absolutely deserves this. The billboards that fans raised more than $40,000 to design and install around the world — in locations including outside the Barra Shopping Mall in Rio de Janeiro, as well as across from Netflix’s Los Angeles HQ — certainly speak to that, as does the Change.org petition that garnered over 124,000 signatures.
Additionally, Warrior Nun fans prepared research papers presenting a valuation of the show for rival streamers like STARZ, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Paramount+, as well as an open letter to the WGA West in support of the writers of Warrior Nun. And all of that, still, only scratches the surface of the hard work fans put into saving the show.
Season 2 of the series — which stars Alba Baptista as Ava Silva, who’s part of an ancient order of nuns that fights demons — still has a perfect 100% critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, as well as a 99% audience score (based on more than 5,000 user ratings).
“I didn’t have great representation growing up,” Kate Witt, who came out at 19, told me recently about why fans like her are still fighting for Warrior Nun to continue. “I didn’t see people like me on the screen in my formative years.
“I’ve never seen a show provide as beautiful a representation as Warrior Nun did. I’m fighting for this show to be renewed so future generations can grow up seeing themselves on screen and not carry burdens of internalized shame. I’m fighting for my inner child who felt that something was wrong with her for who she loves.”