The Season 4 Lucha Underground finale airs tonight, but don’t hold your breath waiting to find out if they’ll be back.
“I don’t know anything about season 5,” Executive Producer Eric Van Wagenen told the Masks, Mats & Mayhem show during a recent interview. “We survive as El Rey survives. We need them to be successful and we need them to be able to afford to do the show.”
Adding: “I think we reached the tipping point budget wise. We’ve gone I think as low as we can go. And I don’t know that we would try to replicate the business model of season 4 again. And so it becomes a question again of ‘can we find a way to do season 5 without it being cheaper and faster and all the other things?'”
Van Wagenen claims MGM is happy with LU and wants to continue doing it — citing recent meetings in regards to utilizing their IP on additional lucha libre related programming — but he’d like to get a new partner involved first to bolster the budget.
“I don’t think the show is going away,” he explained. “I just don’t think it’s going to sit in this survival mode. I think we’d be looking to take on another partner that brings something different.”
If the show does get the green light for a season 5, Eric and show producer Chris Roach seem to have opposing ideas on how it would play out. Van Wagenen says it would be a reboot in a lot of ways, including the cast. Roach, however, says he’d like to wrap up the storylines that began in the first season before a reboot occurs.
“Nobody is saying it’s dead [Lucha Underground], there’s just not a huge hustle to get it on the air right now,” Van Wagenen admitted. “Good shows sometimes go away for business decisions. Sometimes shitty shows live on and on and on, for business reasons.”
Watch the interview below.