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Against all odds, the series Constantine of HBO Max would be on the right track

After the presentation addressed to group investors Warner Bros./Discovery Inc., however, several findings seemed to be emerging. On the one hand, David Zaslav, the boss of the two companies recently assembled into a single (vast) conglomerate, intends to put a stop to original feature films on the HBO Max platform from a certain budget envelope. Take Prey on Disney+: a well-made blockbuster spoiled on a video-on-demand platform, a glaring example of the new mechanics of the Disney group which intends to prioritize the streaming at the expense of the theatrical experience, with a few exceptions. This way of doing things does not interest Zaslav, who recently explained that he did not understand where the return on investment lies.

And he knows it: he just screwed up 90 million by canceling the movie Batgirl.

If you need investment advice, ask David. In short, in the case of television series, on the other hand, nothing seems to have been decided. In fact, the market for major serial productions today constitutes the sinews of war for the platforms of streaming and a growing stake in connected societies where the mechanism of the weekly episode has come back in force for a few years. Each platform has its mastodon, some even have several – The Mandalorian, The Boys, The Witcher, soon The Lord of the Rings, Stranger Things, For All Mankind to a lesser extent, etc. Impossible for Warner Bros. to save on these great loss leaders likely to generate a regular income from loyal fans, returning each year for the following season.

The budget limit for HBO Max productions would however have been set at 35 million dollars. Or at least, the directive was formulated as it was a few months ago during the first sweep organized by Zaslav and his lieutenants, which led to the cancellation from the Wonder Twins film project, considered too expensive. In reality, however, this envelope remains largely insufficient to hope to compete with the war machines of the platforms opposite – and James Gunn for his part recalled twice that the Peacemaker series was going to take place, and probably without budget cuts to the horizon. In short, the case of television series would not have been decided, and the ceiling of 35 million would in fact be a case-by-case directive and above all positioned for feature film projects.

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In this perspective, the editorial staff of Deadline, when designing an article on the recent upheavals observed at Warner Bros. Discovery. following the investor presentation, explains that the first two Justice League Dark series of Bad Robot would not have been cancelled. A surprise, given the strained relationship between David Zaslav and JJ Abrams. The boss of Bad Robot had indeed signed a partnership with the former management team of Warner Bros/HBO Max to produce several exclusives, among which the group of series JLD and the series Demimonde – gold, this one was precisely canceled recently for budget issues.

Deadline touts an inside source to claim that Constantine, new adaptation of the Hellblazer comics, would be firmly anchored on its supports and ready to launch for good. One wonders if the series The Sandman did not serve as a motivator – after all, in comics, the two imaginaries are cousins ​​and whatever it is a Netflix release, The Sandman remains a Warner Bros. production. Television. For the time being, the return of the Hellblazer on the small screen would therefore be the most advanced project. In parallel, an adaptation of Madame Xanadu (“Madame X”) would also be in development, but this one has not given any sign of life for the moment.

A lot of things can still happen between now and the writing and shooting of the pilot, so we’ll wait a bit before getting carried away. Still in the midst of restructuring, the DC Films antenna is currently waiting to part ways with Walter Hamada to induct Alan Horn and a new roadmap applied to all future projects.

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