THE once-legendary video rental retailer Blockbuster is likely to be headed for a comeback.
The web is abuzz with rumours of the defunct enterprise’s return after its website quietly got here again on-line final weekend with the cryptic clue: “we’re engaged on rewinding your film”.
It’s actually a rewind after the chain formally rented its last-ever film in November, 2013. Aptly, the film selection was apocalyptic comedy “This Is The Finish”.
However, wild hypothesis is presently occurring by its followers that this piece of historical past will make a return in some kind.
In 1989, Blockbuster was allegedly opening a retailer each 17 hours and by 2004 it had over 9,000 shops throughout the US and employed 84,000 folks worldwide.
A decade later and the film rental empire had crumbled. Its rusting store fronts despairingly lined suburban streets, reminding its customers of a bygone period earlier than the rise of Netflix and different streaming platforms.
The corporate filed for chapter within the US in 2010 and 2013 within the UK.
Nevertheless, one privately-owned blockbuster retailer is still standing in the small city of Bend, Oregon and it’s amazingly nonetheless renting out and promoting DVDs.
The final Blockbuster has grow to be a vacationer attraction, with followers trudging up and down the nation to go to the nostalgic blue and yellow retailer.
But, now the throwback firm’s web site has been resurrected, whereas its Twitter has been reactivated and its stoking fanfare that the legendary retailer would possibly as soon as once more open its doorways.
The conspiracy began cooking final November when Dish Community (who purchased the bankrupt chain again in 2011 and nonetheless owns its trademark) filed for a brand new trademark utility for the Blockbuster brand.
Nevertheless, different reviews allege that it could possibly be a advertising ploy to coincide with the Netflix sit-com sequence in regards to the staff of Blockbuster’s final retailer.
The present aired in November however did not prime the viewing charts and was cancelled by December.
If the video retailer does return, it’ll possible not be to lease out bodily films, however one thing else extra suited to our modern watching atmosphere.
Nonetheless, customers rushed to Twitter to take pleasure in the opportunity of excellent news.
One stated: “Whaaaaat is going on?! ls this the return of @blockbuster?! Oh how we’ve missed you!”
One other speculated: “Is Blockbuster coming again? I hope so, however it may simply be some form of streaming service. I might moderately see the return of brick-and-mortar shops!”
A 3rd wrote: “One thing is occurring with the @blockbuster web site… Will we get somewhat piece of our highschool lives again? Is it only a tease? What’s the plan? Does anybody know?”