Without a doubt, the current political landscape plays a huge part in how businesses are operated. In today’s climate, for example, you’ll likely not get away with an advertising campaign that inadvertently slights the color of someone’s skin. This became oh-so-clear late last year when Dove’s own campaign was misinterpreted as portraying people of color as dirty, and people with white skin as clean. They definitely weren’t going for that, but people read into things as they see fit.
The same thing often happens with films. Sure, they may be means of escape and fun for a lot of people, but that’s not to say they can’t convey important messages, or reveal an inherent bias in the filmmaker or industry. Conversely, it can even make accidental statements that in no way reveal any biases, and just happen to be unhappy accidents.
This seems to have been the case with one unnamed studio head. In a recent Twitter post, Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson shared an interaction between him and said studio head, and the exchange went as follows:
STUDIO HEAD: If you love the concept, we’ll make the movie.
STUDIO HEAD: “The Salem Witch Trials, but the witches are REAL!”
ME: (pause) That’s kinda like saying “It’s a holocaust movie, but the Jews deserved it”
STUDIO HEAD (pause): I’ll call you back.#TrueStory
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) January 2, 2018
Of course, the studio head meant nothing bad by this pitch, and to be honest, it certainly sounded like an interesting concept. However, Derrickson should be at least credited for having the foresight to see how a concept like that could be perceived by the public.
What do you think of this studio pitch? Do you think Derrickson made the right call, or do you think it would have made a badass movie nonetheless? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Scott Derrickson