The Sydney Morning Herald sat down with David Lynch recently for an interview and spoke about a number of topics. The most important revelation in the article was a brief comment from the famed director about his future in cinema. According to David Lynch, his movie, Inland Empire, will be his last.
“Things changed a lot,” Lynch says. “So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren’t the things that I would want to do.”
While sad news, it’s not exactly a surprise based on the current movie landscape. Once upon a time, the creative roles were reversed. Television had the formulaic content meant to appeal to a very specific audience and films, like Mr. Lynch’s Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, and Blue Velvet, were more experimental and offered filmmakers a chance to really explore the limits of the craft to make a great story. That’s not to knock modern movies. There are certainly some great ones out there but they do tend to follow a certain formula that movies tended to avoid in the past.
It’s easy to understand why of course. When the budget for a movie rivals that of a small nation, you know the people controlling the money will want to make sure that they get their absolute money’s worth, which means the era where directors and producers were allowed to take chances has gone the way of the dodo.
But the question has to be asked, are we really missing out on David Lynch not making another movie? Hear me out. With most home theater set ups allowing people to have the movie theater experience in their own homes, if a filmmaker like David Lynch sticks with television, are we really missing anything? As we know, the Twin Peaks revival will be debuting on Showtime soon so this announcement that David Lynch is done making movies doesn’t mean he’s retired from the business. He now has a chance to make more content, albeit on a smaller budget, for networks that will allow him the freedom to make the content he wants to make. Movies are losing a master of the craft but television ends up being the winner.
So what do you think? Does this announcement from David Lynch shock you? Do you think he’d be better off making television based on the current entertainment landscape? What other directors should make their transition to the small screen to get more creative license? Sound off in the comments section below.
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SOURCE: The Sydney Morning Herald