The Workaholics movie has gotten its pink slip from Paramount Plus. The movie, which would’ve been a continuation of the cult favourite sitcom, was to have begun filming next month but has been canceled by the streamer.
Star and executive producer Adam Devine announced the cancellation on Instagram on Monday, stating that Paramount Plus told them the film didn’t “fit their new “global” strategy.” Devine describes the move as “the loosest butthole” and expresses being “butt hurt” for their fans, for missing out on a chance to “work with my best friends again,” and for “our loyal crew and other cast members who are now going to have to scramble to find new jobs.” The movie was part of a Paramount Plus slate of productions rife with revivals and reboots, including Teen Wolf, Criminal Minds: Evolution, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, and Fatal Attraction, not to mention its fleet of five (and counting) original Star Trek series.
The cancellation of Workaholics follows a recent trend of networks and streamers drastically cutting back on content, whether rescinding series renewals or canceling programs and films while filming to write the costs off. In the past week alone, AMC has wiped out a slew of upcoming programs, including the sci-fi comedy Damascus and the period thriller Invitation to a Bonfire, and in-production second seasons for the animated series Pantheon, the dystopian Moonhaven, and the legal drama 61st Street. Just yesterday, Netflix reversed its renewal of the animated series Inside Job, ending it after a single season.
“Welp, Paramount + decided to cancel the Workaholics movie. Obviously, this news is the loosest butthole. We were supposed to begin filming in 5 weeks!… We are deeply butt hurt about this decision.” – Workaholics star and co-creator Adam DeVine | https://t.co/ExrJjMFre9 pic.twitter.com/qktOJbCutY
— IGN (@IGN) January 10, 2023
However, there may be hope yet for Workaholics; Devine says, “we are out to other streamers, and hopefully, we will get to make this insanely fun movie somewhere else.” Stay tuned to Collider for future updates.
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