In the whirl of activity around Warner Bros. Discovery DCEU shake up, the cancelation of Scoob! Holiday Haunt went mostly unnoticed, but one person who has an opinion on that scrapping is writer Paul Dini. The movie, just like Batgirl, was apparently only weeks away from being completed, and that has been the real stinger in both of these cases. With the subsequent announcement yesterday of the plan to merge HBO Max with Discovery+, there is now a question hanging over the future of many potential movies that were in the pipeline for HBO Max. Paul Dini shared his feelings on the Scoob sequel’s cancelation on his Twitter account, saying:
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“A great wizard once taught me two magic words that will get one through the darkest of disappointments: “Sh*t. Next!” “Sh*t next” indeed. Yes, I’m co-writer, but also, why cancel a 95% finished holiday movie this close to Fall, when you’re guaranteed kids watching it from right after Halloween until at least New Years? Makes no business sense esp. as both kids & parents dug the WIP screening.”
The decision around canceling two very much complete movies is still baffling many, as is the choice to seemingly abandon some movies that were destined for streaming only releases at a time when the likes of Netflix, Apple TV+ and others are pumping millions into various big star films like the Tom Hanks starring Finch, and Dwayne Johnson/Gal Gadot/Ryan Reynolds movie Red Notice.
Warner Bros. Discovery Are “Course Correcting” Their Streaming Strategy.
David Zaslav, the new CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, set out the new strategy for HBO Max and the DCEU in particular during the Q2 earnings call and made it clear that the new regime at the company have a very different view on where the future lies in comparison to the old one. This includes a greater focus on the theatrical experience as opposed to a streaming one.
In one of the biggest shake-ups seen in recent years, a number of projects are now on thin ice at Warner Bros. Discovery, but for now the big DCEU releases up to The Flash are all safe. Having made a move from an HBO Max exclusive to a full theatrical release, Blue Beetle also seems to be on much more solid ground than others such as the planned Supergirl movie, which is yet to have its fate revealed. As part of his statement, Zaslav said:
“Our ambition is to bring Warners back and to produce great high quality films, and as we look at the opportunities that we have broadly, DC is one of the top of the list for us. You look at Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman — these are brands that are known everywhere in the world. The ability to drive those all over the world with great story is a big opportunity for us. We have done a reset. We’ve restructured the business. We’re going to focus.”
It seems that a number of HBO Max exclusive series have been recently removed from the platform ahead of what seems to be a merger that will completely change the kind of content subscribers have become used to seeing.