HBO Max has quietly eliminated six Warner Bros. streaming exclusives

Warner Bros. Discovery silently collects content HBO Max — including several Warner Bros. movies that were only streaming on the service — in what appears to be an effort to cut costs.

At least six Warner Bros. movies have been pulled from HBO Max in the past few weeks: “Moonshot,” a sci-fi novel starring Lana Condor and Cole Sprouse; artificial intelligence dystopia comedy “Super intelligence” starring Melissa McCarthy; Robert Zemecki’s 2020 The Witches remake starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Chris Rock; the comedy An American Pickle, in which Seth Rogen plays an immigrant who wakes up after 100 years in a pickle; Doug Liman’s Stolen Photo “Locked Up” with Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor; and the drama “Kings of Charming City” directed by Angel Manuel Soto.

All six films were labeled “Maximum Originals”. There were eliminations noted Reddit users in a discussion about Warner Bros.’s decision to scrap plans to release Batgirl – in theaters, on HBO Max or through any other platform.

Meanwhile, a reboot of the classic sitcom House Party From LeBron James and Maverick Carter, SpringHill was previously scheduled to premiere on July 28. on HBO Max, but was pulled from the release schedule.

Of course, streaming platforms are constantly adding and removing content. Unusually, Warner Bros. Discovery did not announce the removal of six WB exclusives from HBO Max. (Movies can be rented or purchased through third-party VOD services.) It’s also worth noting that Moonshot was pulled from HBO Max about three months after its March 31 debut.

HBO Max’s removal of Warner Bros. films could be part of WBD’s move to take streaming-paying obligations for underperforming movies off its books. In the case of a remake of an unreleased film such as House Party, a media conglomerate may consider it a tax write-off because expected to be Batgirl and Scoob: Holiday Haunt (the latter of which was a sequel to the animated Scoob!).

Warner Bros. Representatives for Discovery did not respond to inquiries about the removal of HBO Max movies. The company will announce 2022 after the market closes on Thursday (August 4). second quarter profit. Warner Bros. Discovery took on a whopping $43 billion in the WarnerMedia deal. part of USD debt; The combined company’s debt-to-equity ratio after the deal was approximately 4.6 times.

Like other streaming services, HBO Max releases monthly updates on titles being added and removed—for example, it announced that all eight original Harry Potter films will depart HBO Max at the end of Augustwhich also adds a lot of content including 28 movies from A24 such as The Room and Ex Machina. However, none of the original Warner Bros. the movie removed from HBO Max was not included in the latest updates.

As of now, a few Warner Bros. exclusives for HBO Max are still available. This includes the 2022 Father of the Bride remake starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan; Steven Soderbergh’s Let Them Talk with Meryl Streep and Kimi with Zoë Kravitz; and The Fallout, No Sudden Move, Not Pregnant and 8-Bit Christmas.

in 2021 In December, before David Zaslav’s Discovery closed its WarnerMedia deal with AT&T, WarnerMedia released a campaign promoting major 2022 shows. HBO Max releases including House Party, Scoob: Holiday Haunt and Moonshot. The campaign hype, which was initially shared on YouTube, has gone private. You can still watch it on Twitter:

Pictured above: Cole Sprouse and Lana Condor in Moonshot

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