There’s been an outcry from high profile industry players and petitions with tens of thousands of digital signatures, and now it appears streaming service FilmStruck may live – sort of.
Deadline reports that WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has apparently heard all about the push asking the company to keep FilmStruck alive. The report indicates Stankey is interested in allowing FilmStruck, as a concept, to survive, but in a new form.
That new form isn’t known at this time, but it’s believed that the service will keep its library of films intact (it’s not clear if the Criterion Channel is part of that deal) and return under a new name as part of the package of streaming services which WarnerMedia will launch with its app in the final quarter of 2019.
So it appears the company’s large catalogue of classic, indie, and foreign-language films will seemingly survive, but it won’t be back for a year and will be out under a new name. The FIlmStruck service at the moment is still scheduled to be shuttered on November 29th.