The times, they are a changing. As Netflix grows and puts more money into projects, the desire for movie lovers to have a night in will also grow. Not to mention Disney, who, owns most everything nowadays, is preparing to launch their own streaming service next year. One of Hollywood’s most famous directors, Steven Spielberg, is a bit worried about the toll the big streamers may have on cinema, Spielberg expressed his concern while speaking with ITV News:
“It is a challenge to cinema, the same way television in the 1950s pulled people away from theaters, and everybody stayed home because it was more fun to stay at home and watch a comedy in the 1950s than it was to go out to see a movie. Hollywood is used to that. We are accustomed to being highly competitive with television. The difference today is that a lot of studios would rather just make branded tentpole guaranteed box office hits from their inventory of branded successful movies than take chances on smaller films. Those smaller films studios used to make routinely are now going to Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. And by the way, the television is greater today than it ever has been in the history of television. There’s better writing, better directing, better performances, better stories are being told — television is really thriving with quality and art. But it poses a clear and present danger to filmgoers…I’ll still make The Post for audiences, asking them please to go out to theaters to see The Post, and not make it directly for Netflix.”
It takes a certain kind of film to get me, and most people I know to go the theater. Usually, it is Star Wars, Marvel, or some sort of franchise film. I absolutely agree with Spielberg that television is greater now than it ever has been, and I will take it a step farther and say that for most stories, television is the best platform from which to tell a story. We have seen this over the last couple of decades.
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Source: ITV News