Netflix has officially dropped FX’s acclaimed biker drama “Sons of Anarchy” from its service, and now show creator Kurt Sutter has spoken about why.
There’s no official reason for the removal of the classic title from the streaming giant, one that has been a staple on Netflix for years now. Speculation arose and Sutter answered it on Twitter (via Cinema Blend the other day, indicating it’s likely tied to the same reason the Marvel-Netflix collaborations are being killed:
“The simple explanation why SOA is no longer on Netflix and neither will ‘Mayans MC’…The Disney/Fox deal was about creating a competing streaming platform. That is the future of TV. Although it’ll take a minute to launch, Disney/Fox’s content is their biggest asset in that marketplace. You can still watch FX shows on FXNow, Hulu and Amazon. At least, for now… I know that doesn’t help if you only have Netflix, but in this ever-changing digital landscape, we are doing our f–king best to get content on as many streaming sources as possible. Sorry it’s wack.”
As the launch of Disney+ looms closer, Disney’s acquiring of Fox means it now owns the rights to both shows and thus it isn’t likely to return to Netflix at all. Where they’ll end up though isn’t clear as the show’s very R-rated subject matter doesn’t seem suited to the family-friendly vibe of Disney+.