‘FilmStruck’: Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, Alfonso Cuaron, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Many More Sign Petition to Save Streaming Service

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50,000 signatures have now been gathered to save FilmStruck. Directors such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola, Alfonso Cuaron, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edgar Wright and many more have tried to appeal to Warner Bros Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich to save FilmStruck, their argument, and it is right the one, is that it would be a vital loss for film culture.

In case you are unaware, WarnerMedia released a statement last week announcing they were shutting down FilmStruck on November 29th, the statement read, “While FilmStruck has a very loyal fanbase, it remains largely a niche service.” It doesn’t appear that WarnerMedia is changing its tune for now, but the more backlash the better the chance to reverse the hideous decision that they made.


Deadline is reporting that WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey is very much aware of the backlash from filmmakers and film fans about the axing of streaming service FilmStruck. The report states that Stankey is interested in letting FilmStruck survive but he wants the site to be reformed completely. This "new form" he mentions is not expanded on in the report, but, suffice to say, the service might return under a new name and as part of the package of streaming services that WarnerMedia is putting together which is set to launch in late 2019. Sadly, we have no idea if the Criterion Channel will be part of that package deal. Sadly, this means that we won't have a FilmStruck-esque streaming service for at the very least the next 6-7 months.