Thanks To TV And The Internet, Hollywood Can't Afford To Innovate
Every creative endeavor is done somewhere on the spectrum between commercial viability and artistic expression. The more complex the tools, the more money that medium needs to sustain itself ... and the more this scale is tipped toward making a profit. That's why it's impossible for major studio films to be made without some committee of producers watching the director's every move. In other words: mo money = mo problems. Which is why they call it show business.
Did I just blow your fucking mind with my Carlin-esque word analysis? Shut up, of course I did. Just like how this once had audiences thunderstruck:
Don't watch this in front of your grandpa or he'll jump out the window.
See, the average moviegoer was once like an idiot child: limited in options and impressed with any shiny garbage that was shoved in their moon eyes. Back in the 1950s, there was literally only one place to see a moving picture -- and so every week we had 90 million Americans going to the theater to bask in whatever Hollywood chose to make. But that's changed. You know how financially terrifying it is to make an original film in a climate where 17 of the top 20 highest-grossing films ever are either a sequel or an adaptation? And that's technically counting Titanic and Avatar as "original" stories.
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Romeo And Juliet on board the most famous aquatic disaster? What a long shot THAT was.
It comes down to this: People aren't stupid -- they're just busy. A cardiologist who sees four movies a year isn't going to spend his weekend watching Ex Machina or Green Room; he's going to see Star Wars or Jurassic World. He's going to bring his shitty kids to see that new Ninja Turtles, because he remembers them from when he was young. And he's totally right to do that, but the result is an industry that can't afford to give people something new.
And so for those of us who want to see the next Terminator or Star Wars or Indiana Jones, we're stuck with ... the next Terminator and Star Wars and Indiana Jones (sequels). All because of that dipshit cardiologist.
David is an editor for the website you are currently reading these words off of. He also tweets on Twitter.
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