“They have given us six months. Not even that.” so angry it was shown john bickerstaffone of the writers of ‘Willow’, before the news that the fantasy series was among those listed to disappear from Disney + This coming Friday May 26. Let’s remember that the platform had announced an alarming loss of subscribers and that they would make readjustments in the catalog.
In that list there were several reality shows, documentaries and fiction films and series. Among these series we had quite curious and striking cases since we found some present in rankings of the best of 2022 such as the ‘Pistol’ of Danny Boyle or one of the big bets that Disney+ had made that same year, such as the Sequel to the classic Ron Howard film.
Touched, sunk and erased
Another thing is that the play turned out well. Remember that ‘Willow’ was canceled last March. Days later, Jonathan Kasdan, his creator, had a certain phase of “denial” warning that he was working on a second volume of the saga. Finally, this removal from the catalog It has been the definitive blow in case there were doubts.
An elimination that, according to Bickerstaff, it’s not so much about cost savings on tax matters (reasons that Warner also alleged at the time with HBO Max) but in a matter of the happy remnants (the residual), that percentage that screenwriters earn by reproducing their works in various formats.
Question that is, precisely, one of the battlefields in the current writers’ strike. In Bickerstaff’s words:
«Before you say “tax deduction”: these series have already been released and therefore cannot be deductible. And in the case of ‘Willow’, they own the entire property. The only conclusion is that this is to get rid of paying residuals. During a strike.
And look, eternal streaming libraries are not sustainable. We’re all going to have to make adjustments to it at some point. but spend [CENSURADO] in a series and then removing it six months later is just bad business.”
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