Fans of popular HBO Max original shows and movies are eagerly awaiting their fate as rumors swirl that major changes are on the way to the streaming service.
Since HBO Max’s parent company, WarnerMedia, merged with Discovery earlier this year to become Warner Bros. Discovery, industry watchers have speculated that CEO David Zaslav will seek to combine Discovery+ and HBO Max into a single streaming platform.
The shakeup will likely result in a massive downsizing of HBO Max, according to a report from The Wrap, to reduce redundancies between the production teams of HBO Max Originals and flagship HBO properties.
Fans started to sound the alarm this week when Warner Bros. announced that he was dropping his original HBO Max movie “Batgirl,” after filming had already wrapped. The move is part of cost-cutting measures for Warner Bros. Discovery, which under Zaslav focuses on theatrical releases.
Removing versions and cleaning up originals from the service will help the company in the form of tax breaks, IndieWire reports. Fans of the service, which is considered by many to have the strongest library of any streamer, have expressed their opposition to the supposed moves. Tweets criticizing the corporate reshuffle have garnered tens of thousands of likes in recent days.
But the fate of shows like “Hacks,” “The Sex Lives of College Girls” and “FBoy Island” is yet to be decided. Zaslav is expected to reveal more details about his plans for HBO Max on Thursday when Warner Bros. Discovery will hold its quarterly earnings call.
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