Rian Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer criticize platforms for removing their own content
Ryan Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, they touched on the topic of removing ready-made and filmed content from streaming platforms. According to the director Star Wars: The Last Jedi“The fact that this is becoming common practice is appalling.”
This type of practice is primarily due to budget cuts, and deducting a film from a business point of view is often very beneficial. The most famous case of this type was the cancellation of an almost finished film Batgirl – David Zaslav, the president of Warner Bros. Discovery decided that it would make more money from the film by deducting it from tax than by releasing it on the HBO Max platform.
A new situation is also getting rid of your content from the offer and selling it to other entities, as is the case, for example, with the TV series Westworld. This is happening slowly on all streaming platforms known to us, and this is due, among others, to the consolidation of VOD services, inflation, but also the constant pursuit of subscriptions.
Last month, THE reported that two Netflix feature films were up for grabs after the service decided not to distribute them. These are The Inheritancedirected by Alejandro Brugues and house/wife, directed by Danis Goulet. In February, there was also a reorganization at Paramount Global and the merger of Paramount+ and Showtime, which resulted in Kidding, Super Pumped and American Rust have been removed from this second platform. The company is looking to cut costs, so the practice can continue.
Rian Johnson, however, remains optimistic:
All you can do in this situation as someone who creates content is ultimately to believe that if you can create something, it will always find its audience.
Jerry Bruckheimer agrees, adding that if something is good it will eventually air. You don’t always get a perfect shot, but after all, there are plenty of places to show your stuff these days.