17 June 2015

Hollywood Is Dead. Come And Claim Your Prize, Marvel


The film industry is dead and it has been since the early part of the 21st century. This is something Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey also believes. When being interviewed by Andrew Marr, Spacey stated that the big actors are now moving into television and stage plays because the film industry has become so commercial.

I previously went to a screening of the fourth of the Jurassic Park films, ‘Jurassic World’. Before the film started, there were the compulsory trailers and adverts. Every trailer shown before ‘Jurassic World’ was a reboot, prequel, sequel or spin-off of another film. ‘Minions’ was the first which is a spin-off/prequel to the hugely successful ‘Despicable Me’ franchise. Next was ‘Fantastic Four’ by Marvel followed by another Marvel film ‘Ant-Man’. Then there was the latest ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Terminator’ films. 

So, not only was the film I was watching, a sequel but every movie advertised beforehand was also related to another film. Kevin Spacey wasn't wrong. Hollywood is now a business. They know what sells and continue to churn out endless sequels and prequels in order to earn endless pots of wealth. What would the greats have said about this direction for Hollywood? Would James Dean be in favour? What about Audrey Hepburn? Would Stanley Kubrick have liked this era of commercial reboots?

I fear the answer is no. This is why stage plays and television are attracting the greatest at the moment. The greatest actors, writers, producers and directors are all flocking away from Hollywood and away from the era of Marvel spin-offs. But, television is already going down the same path. The prequel to ‘Breaking Bad’, ‘Better Call Saul’ demonstrates this. Television will die soon as the film industry has.

Although Hollywood is broken and filled with Batman remakes and Star Wars sequels, I still want to be a part of it. But I want to be different. A glimmer of hope in an industry focusing on money. A diamond in the rough. Will it happen? Who knows. I just don’t want to see another Fast and Furious movie.

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