The fourth season of Syfy's Wynonna Earp has been pushed back to a planned summer 2020 debut, according to Deadline. The show was reportedly held up by lack of funding from IDW Media Holdings, but Cineflex Studios has signed on co-produce the show and Syfy has agreed to increase the amount it was contractually obligated to spend on the fourth season.
Wynonna Earp's third season concluded back in September 2018.
"Syfy has never wavered in its support of Wynonna Earp, a unique and important series with some of the most passionate fans anywhere," the network said in a statement. "To our Earper friends: Thank you for your patience and faith as we worked with our partners to ensure that Wynonna can get back to where it belongs… on Syfy."
The series, based on the comic book by writer Beau Smith, was previously announced to debut in early 2019 but was held back without any reason given, with even series star Melanie Scrofano tweeting concern about the show's future. In January 2019, IDW disclosed that majority owner/board chairman Howard Jones provided the company with $28 million to fund "broadened production costs and necessary operating costs" for its TV and film projects. In that announcement, IDW disclosed that Syfy stopped funding Wynonna Earp after 2018's third season, with IDW stepping up to fund a fourth and fifth season.
"Wynonna Earp – the series, the comics, the characters, the story and the fans are all deeply important to IDW so we are thrilled to be able to continue to tell the Wynonna story,” said IDW Entertainment Preisdent Lydia Antonini. "From the very beginning, the fans have embraced the series and have transformed their passion into an inclusive community built upon empathy and support, as well as whiskey and donuts. We are grateful to have partners who were able to help us bring it back for a fourth season so that we can continue to serve the dedicated Earpers, and entertain fans everywhere."
The fourth season of Wynonna Earp is estimated to begin production later this year for the planned summer 2020 return.