HBO Max has canceled its upcoming animated feature, Driftwood. diversity have learned. The film was only given the green light by Cartoon Network Studios three months ago.
The family adventure film is one of many titles to be lost from the streamer – just last week nearly 40 series and films were removed from the platform, including Little Ellen, which had 20 completed episodes yet to be released. The losses from these projects are a result of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger and CEO David Zaslav’s determination to cut costs by $3 billion.
Announced by HBO Max on May 6, “Driftwood” is set in a decaying forest civilization dependent on a toxic fuel source and ruled by an evil organization. The film was set to follow Clover, a tiny mouse-like creature, who races across the stars to find Driftwood, society’s last free city that may hold the key to a safe and sustainable fuel source and future for the galaxy. The evil overlord Thorn aims to eliminate Clover and destroy Driftwood to maintain their power, and Clover and his new friends Marigold and Caspia step in to stop them once and for all and save their forest on the edge of infinity. “Driftwood” was created and executive produced by Victor Courtwright.
Many of the titles that get the ax come from HBO Max’s kids and families division — as do many of the layoffs at WBD. 70 HBO and HBO Max employees lost their jobs earlier this month, some had been working on children’s and family content. This aligns with comments made by Zaslav during WBD’s recent conference call, as well as HBO Max’s statement following the cancellation of Gordita Chronicles after a critically acclaimed season last month: “Live-action programming for children and families will not be directly part of our program focus on the future.”
https://variety.com/2022/tv/news/hbo-max-cancel-driftwood-cartoon-network-1235347613/ HBO Max cancels Cartoon Network family animated film Driftwood