Netflix has too many things to deal with right now, beyond the problems that its catalog gives it. Added to the recent and apparently peaceful change of CEO(s) is the imminent conflict that it will have with a good part of its clients if it decides to eliminate the possibility of sharing accounts. But he has decided to fight the fire with gasoline and follow in the highly controversial footsteps of its rival HBO Maxwhich for a few months has been taking movies and series from its catalogue.
The most representative case of these actions is the disappearance of ‘Batgirl’, a film set in the DC Universe that had been produced exclusively for HBO Max and that was wiped off the map before it was even released. It is not the only one that is making decisions of this kind: AMC+ (‘Demascus’, ’61st Street’, ‘Invitation to a Bonfire’, all finished or with filming already started), Paramount+ (a movie based on the Comedy series Central ‘Workaholics’) and Disney have thought twice before releasing films that were ready to be presented to the public.
In the case of HBO Max, the decision to put ‘Batwoman’ and the sequel to ‘Scooby!’ It was accompanied by a controversial policy to remove a huge amount of back catalog material from its platform, allegedly to avoid expenses linked to US rates. As far as is known, this is not the case with Netflix.
The fate of two canceled movies
Because this action by Netflix has a nuance: ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ has talked about two films already finished but not yet released that the platform has decided to get rid of, ‘The Inheritance’ and ‘House/Wife’. The difference? Netflix will allow its creators to move them around festivals and other platforms for release, instead of locking the finished footage in a freezer until those horrible fan voices crying out for retribution are silenced.
The reason for these late cancellations may be due to Netflix’s purpose of staying adjusted to its 17,000 million of budget dollars for own productions, but at the moment there are no official reasons. ‘House / Wife’ tells how a mother recovering from an accident moves in with her family to a prototype smart home. There they discover that the AI in the house could have sinister intentions.
On the other hand, ‘The Inheritance’ takes place on the eve of the 75th birthday of a billionaire, who invites his four estranged children to return home for fear that someone will kill him that night. To make sure he survives, the old man puts his inheritance at stake, which they won’t collect if he turns up dead. The script is co-written by none other than Joe Russo, co-responsible with his brother for the great successes of the early stages of Marvel and after having lost his aura of infallibility after the failure of the blockbuster they wrote for Netflix, ‘The Invisible Agent’ .
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