FilmStruck May Return With The WarnerMedia Streaming Service
After the Warner Media Group announced that FilmStruck would be coming to an end a group a fans, filmmakers, and celebrities pushed hard to save it. There was a petition launched and Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright, Rian Johnson, Bill Hader, Barbara Streisand and more came have been vocal about not shutting down the service.
This was a letter that was sent out to Warner Bros Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich in an effort to save FilmStuck:
We know that Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese have been in touch with you and Warners Media Group about the demise of FilmStruck and have urged you guys to keep it going.
While it was not your decision, we would like to loudly echo their sentiments. The FilmStruck service was (IS) the best streaming service for fans of cinema of all kinds: classic studio movies, independent cinema, international treasures. Without it, the landscape for film fans and students of cinema is especially bleak. There’s a reason there was a huge outpouring from artists and fans over it being shuttered, they were doing the Movie God’s work.
We know one of the reasons that it has been shut down is because of an upcoming Warners streaming service, but really FilmStruck shouldn’t be a conflict of interest. In this day and age where there are dozens of platforms, curation of content is really important and FilmStruck was providing a service to both satisfy older fans of cinema and a younger generation of cineastes that will be making amazing movies long after we’re dead.
In an era of huge corporate acquisitions of cinema by communication companies- in a business that may render billions of dollars off a medium like cinema, we believe this is a gesture that is needed- a minuscule show of goodwill towards the preservation and accesibility of a tradition and a rich history that would benefit the public.
So we want to add our names to the petition started by Marty and Steven and want you (and Warners) to know that we feel equally strongly and would do anything to support the service being saved.
Paul Thomas Anderson
Ana Lily Amirpour
Guillermo Del Toro
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas
Well, according to Deadline, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey is now working on “something of a compromise.” They say that a new iteration “is in the cards for FilmStruck”.
It’s said that the service might not be called FilmStruck, though, and it will be part of a package of streaming services from WarnerMedia that won’t be launched for another year, so we’ll have to wait a bit.
This is great news and according to inside sources, “the outcry from filmmakers might quicken that pace”. So, at some point in the future we will see a rebranded version of FilmStruck that we’ll be able to sign up for.