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Wynonna Earp future in limbo as reports of insufficient funding surface

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The future of Syfy’s cult-hit series Wynonna Earp could be in jeopardy.

The Hollywood Reporter reported on Friday that production of the series’ fourth season has been delayed as production company IDW Entertainment has faced financial challenges. The season was ordered last July at Comic-Con but has not begun filming as scheduled, a troubling development which series showrunner Emily Andras highlighted on Twitter on Thursday. Star Melanie Scrofano later added that the series was not in production, questioning why.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, IDW (which pays for the cost of production and owns the rights to the series) has pushed back production as it seeks “funding” to complete the fourth season. “SYFY ordered Season 4 of Wynonna Earp from IDW and is completely committed to the series,” Syfy said in a statement to EW. “This has not changed.” EW has learned, further, that IDW is contractually obligated to produce the show. Syfy does not have control over production, and had no further comment.

Deadline has further reported that “IDW Entertainment has indicated that it is experiencing financial difficulties, running a deficit, and cannot proceed with production on a fourth season at this time.”

A representative for IDW pointed EW to two tweets sent out by the company on Friday afternoon, in response to a request for comment. “Dear Earpers! We hear you, and we love your passion for Wynonna Earp — the series, the comics and the amazing characters,” the first reads. “We share in your fervor which is why we promise that Wynonna’s story will live on! We are in the process of working out the details, but nothing has changed.”

The second tweet reads, “We are committed to continuing the Wynonna Earp legacy and will share new details very soon!
Thank you for your support! We appreciate all of the fans who have asked how they can help. We encourage everyone to continue to rally behind the series, and stay tuned for what’s next.”

On Thursday, Andras tweeted “Don’t f— with my family” after posting a since-deleted tweet rallying the show’s fans — a passionate base referred to as “Earpers” — to fight for its survival.

On Friday, she continued to post comments about the situation, some more cryptic than others. “Sorry I made you change out of your hiatus pants into your battle pantaloons but I waited as long as I could by myself,” she said in one tweet. “Thanks for showing up. If anyone asks, this tweet is about sports.”

She also retweeted comments from fans’ reaction to the news, including “this is f—ing infuriating” and “No one fights harder than an #Earper.” The hashtag #FightforWynonna has emerged as a battle cry for the fandom.

This post has been updated to include IDW’s response via Twitter.

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