Following news that Julia Roberts won’t be back for season two of the acclaimed Amazon drama series “Homecoming,” Variety is reporting that co-creator Sam Esmail, who directed all 10 episodes in season one, won’t be directing this time around.
Both Esmail and Roberts will continue with the show as executive producers.
“Esmail directed all 10 episodes of the show’s first season, helping to define the show’s unique visual style as he did on the USA Network show ‘Mr. Robot,'” Variety reports. “Esmail is also credited as a co-creator of ‘Homecoming’ along [with] Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg, who created the podcast on which the show is based and serve as co-showrunners.”
The report notes that the show was widely praised, including achieving a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
“In a previous interview with Variety, Roberts said she personally asked Esmail to direct the entire first season,” Variety reports, quoting Roberts saying: “I just felt coming into television, I needed something, some way of creating content that was familiar and a comfort to me, and the thing that I rely on utterly, is my director and that continuity. And I couldn’t imagine, particularly with a piece like this, chopping it into pieces and giving each piece to someone else to care for on our behalf.”