Warner Bros. Pictures and Turner Classics Movies announced plans last month to close the cinephile streaming service FilmStruck after Thanksgiving. FilmStruck is a boutique SVOD service that consisted mainly of three massive film archives – the Criterion Collection, the Warner Bros. Classics Archives and the TCM/Turner Classic Movies catalogue.
Since the news broke, fans and filmmakers have been calling out for its being saved, including a public petition with more than 50,000 names having been signed with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and actor Bill Hader leading the charge with their ‘Keep FilmStruck Alive’ campaign which has seen support from the likes of Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese.
Now a bunch of prestige filmmakers, actors and more have sent out joint letters appealing to Warner Bros Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich to save FilmStruck and perhaps consider it a loss leader in order to preserve film history. Amongst those who’ve signed the letters:
Paul Thomas Anderson, Ana Lily Amirpour, James Brolin, Damien Chazelle, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo Del Toro, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Gray, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Bill Hader, Karyn Kusama, Barry Jenkins, Rian Johnson, Christopher McQuarrie, Reed Morano, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Barbra Streisand, Edgar Wright, John Ridley, David Oyelowo, So Yong Kim, Rachel Morrison, Malcolm D Lee, Nicole Kassell, Mark Johnson, Hank Corwin, Nicholas Britell, Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Billy Ray, Eric Roth, Sofia Coppola, Lenny Abrahamson, Freida Pinto, Nina Jacobson, Luke Davies, Mira Nair, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Jason Hall, Graham Moore, Liz Hannah, Jay Cassidy, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve Golin, Susanne Bier, Elizabeth Cantillon, Brad Weston, Sam Taylor Johnson, and the Vidiots Foundation
The letters in full can be read here and here. Their aim seems to be to keep the service going until a more permanent solution, namely the WarnerMedia app currently in the works for a 2019/2020 launch, goes online and can take over the task.