On Friday came the news that with the death of the arthouse movie SVOD service FilmStruck would lead to its rebirth in the form of The Criterion Channel subscription service.
Now, in a new feature for THR, filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Edgar Wright have emerged as the key people who helped save the service. Wright tells the trade: “I heard Steven and Martin Scorsese were talking to Warner about it, and I asked what I could do. [Spielberg] said, ‘Well, if you want to, round up your buddies.'”
Wright got right onto that, reaching out to Guillermo del Toro and Rian Johnson which led to a draft of a letter to WarnerMedia chairman Toby Emmerich beginning to form, with twenty-one people signing it including the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Barbra Streisand, Christopher Nolan, and Alfonso Cuaron. It didn’t stop there, with del Toro going further and reaching out to filmmakers and actors either through phone calls and e-mails, or engaging them at social events.
A subsequent additional letter nabbed thirty more high-profile signatures which was sent to WB. Emmerich saw the letters and ‘addressed it internally’ says a source – leading to the compromise that was The Criterion Channel subscription service announced Friday.