AT&T’s WarnerMedia announced Tuesday that its new direct-to-consumer streaming service will be named HBO Max and will be the exclusive streaming home to shows like Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, and dozens of other types of programming, both original and not.
HBO Max, which will launch commercially in the spring of 2020 with a beta version expected to arrive later this year, will premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content, including all 236 episodes of Friends at launch, which WarnerMedia reportedly paid a whopping $425 million for, outbidding rival Netflix, who has retained the rights to the hit comedy series since 2015.
The streamer will also offer a slate of new dramas that are coming to The CW this fall, including the upcoming DC Comics series Batwoman and the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, as well as original movies from Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon, who signed exclusive production deals with WarnerMedia earlier this year.
“HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform. HBO’s world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is Friends,” said Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer.
He added, “Under the leadership of two of the strongest creative visionaries — Casey Bloys (HBO) and Kevin Reilly (original content and acquisitions) — and two of the most experienced digital experts — Tony Goncalves and Andy Forssell — I have no doubt they and their dedicated teams will deliver the world’s best storytelling to audiences of all ages wherever and whenever they want it.”
Previously announced scripted originals coming to HBO Max include Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: The Sisterhood, Ansel Elgort’s Tokyo Vice, Kaley Cuoco’s The Flight Attendant, Anna Kendrick’s Love Life, and the animated Gremlins series.
While WarnerMedia has yet to announce any pricing for HBO Max, The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the streaming service will cost between $16 and $17 per month, which is significantly more than most other streaming options on the market, though it seems Max’s library will be considerably greater compared to many of its competitors.
‘The Call of the Wild’ trailer finds Harrison Ford, his dog embarking on an epic adventure
20th Century Fox has released the trailer for The Call of the Wild, the first live-action effort from Lilo & Stitch and How to Train Your Dragon director Chris Sanders starring Harrison Ford.
Based on the novel by Jack London, The Call of the Wild chronicles the story of Buck, a dog whose life is turned upside down when he’s uprooted from his California home and taken to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon where he meets John Thornton (Ford), a seasoned gold prospector, during the Klondike Gold Rush in the 1890s.
Michael Green scripted the film, which is produced by Erwin Stoff, with Diana Pokorny serving as executive producer and Ryan Stafford co-producing.
The Call of the Wild hits theaters February 1.
Contest: Enter to win ‘Angel Has Fallen’ on Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Angel Has Fallen on Blu-ray/DVD on November 26 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers a chance to win a Blu-ray combo pack (plus DVD and digital) of the film.
Our readers can click this link right now to enter to win an Angel Has Fallen combo pack, which includes several behind the scenes featurettes and a 3-part audio commentary with director Ric Roman Waugh.
The contest is currently ongoing and will end Sunday, November 24, at which point winners will be selected and notified. Below is the official trailer for Angel Has Fallen as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson, Les Weldon, Yariv Lerner, and Mike Touzard
Rating: R for violence and language throughout
4K UHD / BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES
- “Even Angels Fall: The Story” Featurette
- “Someone to Watch Over Me: New Blood” Featurette
- “Calling All Angels: Casting” Featurette
- “True Faith: Authenticity” Featurette
- “Fight for You: Stunts and Action” Featurette
- “Earth Angel: Recreating DC” Featurette
- “Angel Declassified” 3-Part Audio Commentary with Director Ric Roman Waugh
Paramount taps ‘Fargo’ creator Noah Hawley to write, direct next installment in ‘Star Trek’ series
Fresh off the release of his feature directorial debut Lucy in the Sky last month, Noah Hawley has been set to write and direct the upcoming next installment in the Star Trek franchise, according to Deadline.
Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, and the rest of the principal cast are all expected to return for Star Trek 4, which Hawley will also produce for his 26 Keys banner along with JJ Abrams and Bad Robot.
The film is not in any way related to the R-rated spinoff Abrams and Quentin Tarantino have been developing with writer Mark L. Smith and will serve as a direct sequel to 2016’s Star Trek Beyond.
S.J. Clarkson had been attached to direct Star Trek 4 as recently as last year and was poised to become the first woman to helm a film in the sci-fi series but reportedly parted ways with the project after development stalled in mid-2018.
Hawley — perhaps best known for his work on FX series such as Fargo and Legion — recently made his directorial debut with the Natalie Portman-led drama Lucy in the Sky, which tanked at the domestic box office amid harsh reviews from critics.
Production on Star Trek 4 is expected to get underway in 2020.