Fans of HBO Max’s popular original shows and movies are anxiously waiting to hear their fates as the streaming service is rumored to be undergoing major changes.
Since the parent company of HBO Max WarnerMedia merged with Discovery earlier this year. to become Warner Bros. Discovery, industry watchers have speculated that CEO David Zaslav will seek to merge Discovery+ and HBO Max into a single streaming platform.
According to him, the change will likely result in a significant reduction in HBO Max numbers report from The Wrap.to reduce excess production teams on HBO Max originals and flagship HBO properties.
Fans first started sounding the alarm this week when Warner Bros. announced that it was ditches HBO Max’s original Batgirl movie, despite the fact that filming has already finished. The move is part of Warner Bros. Discovery”, headed by Zaslav, of cost-cutting measures with a focus on theatrical releases.
Disposing of the publications and scrubbing the originals from the service will help the company in the form of tax benefits, IndieWire reports. Fans of the service, considered by many to have the strongest library of any streamer, have been vocal in their opposition to the moves. Twitter messages criticizing the corporate shake-up have garnered tens of thousands of likes in recent days.
However, the fate of shows like Hacks, The Sex Lives of College Girls and FBoy Island is not yet sealed. Zaslav is expected to reveal more about his plans for HBO Max on Thursday when Warner Bros. Discovery quarterly earnings call.