Break out your boxing gloves, people: Lee Sung Jin, the creator of BEEF, is reportedly casting new faces for a second season of the Netflix series. According to Deadline, Lee has his eyes on Charles Melton, Cailee Spaeny, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Anne Hathaway, in a brand-new story that will "revolve around two feuding couples."
Last year, Lee spoke about the show's future at the 2023 Emmy Awards. “I feel like there are so many paths,” Lee said. “It could stay limited—it was a very close-ended story for sure. But if Netflix wanted to continue, it could also be anthology. It could be many things. It’s up to the great algorithm. We’re all waiting to hear.” Lately, it seems like producing a second season has been top of mind for Lee. After sweeping the competition at this year's Golden Globe Awards, he revealed that the series was originally pitched as an anthology.
"There was always going to be new characters," Lee told Deadline backstage at the awards show. The Netflix series brought home Best Limited or Anthology Series, Best Actor—Miniseries (Steven Yeun), and Best Actress—Miniseries (Ali Wong).“Whether it stays limited or turns as an anthology or we continue existing, that’s really up to Netflix," Lee continued. "But whatever they decide, I’m definitely ready."
In the first season, contractor Danny Cho (Yeun) and Amy Lau (Wong) become inexplicably linked after a parking-lot disaster. Driving each other insane through escalating pranks and crimes (!), their feud starts taking control of their lives and negatively affecting those they love. Luckily, we’ll have some time to process before an eventual second (and even third!) course—but it sounds like the meal may be prepared a little differently once it arrives. In the meantime, here's everything we know about the next season of BEEF.
Was BEEF Renewed for Season Two?
Netflix has yet to officially announce a second season for BEEF, but Deadline's casting report, there must be a second season planned, right? Well, maybe. Let's backtrack. According to the creator's initial interviews, BEEF's crazy season finale was the end of the story for Danny and Amy. "Cards on the table, we did pitch this show as a limited anthology, so there is sort of a close-ended-ness to the story [of Danny and Amy]," he told ELLE. "But, if given the opportunity, of course, I'd love to explore them further, because Danny and Amy, I love those characters. But yeah, by design, though, this a close-ended narrative." He went on to explain that further seasons would more likely explore "multiple other beefs and other character types," following the popular anthology narratives of shows like True Detective and The White Lotus. Now, with the news that we'll likely see two couples duking it out, it seems like that'll be exactly the case for BEEF's future.
Still, there's a chance that Danny and Amy's story isn't over. “I wanted it to have a conclusive feel just in case," Lee said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “But there are a lot of ideas on my end to keep this story going. I think should we be blessed with a Season Two, there’s a lot of ways for Danny and Amy to continue. I have one really big general idea that I can’t really say yet, but I have three seasons mapped out in my head currently."
Three seasons! That's a silver lining that may keep us going until season 2. Regardless, it seems as if our prayers for more BEEF have been heard—and we can't wait to get a peek at exactly what those mapped-out seasons look like inside Lee's noggin. So, just let this news digest a little for now. But stay hungry.
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