Skip to comments.Steven Spielberg Predicts 'Implosion' of Film Industry
Posted on 06/13/2013 7:07:15 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
George Lucas echoed Spielberg's sentiments at an event touting the opening of a new USC School of Cinematic Arts building, saying big changes are in store.
Steven Spielberg on Wednesday predicted an "implosion" in the film industry is inevitable, whereby a half dozen or so $250 million movies flop at the box office and alter the industry forever. What comes next -- or even before then -- will be price variances at movie theaters, where "you're gonna have to pay $25 for the next Iron Man, you're probably only going to have to pay $7 to see Lincoln." He also said that Lincoln came "this close" to being an HBO movie instead of a theatrical release.
George Lucas agreed that massive changes are afoot, including film exhibition morphing somewhat into a Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stayed in theaters for a year and four months.
The two legendary filmmakers, along with CNBC anchor Julia Boorstin and Microsoft president of interactive entertainment business Don Mattrick, were speaking at the University of Southern California as part of the festivities surrounding the official opening of the Interactive Media Building, three stories high and part of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.....
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Hopefully sooner than later.
I wouldn’t watch their ultra loud PC crap if my life depended on it.
My wife and I are way beyond babysitters, kids are in their 20s, but I can’t stand the talking, gun chewing, and general noise during a film being shown in the theater. I watch Blu-ray discs at home.
Three words: Big Screen TV
Just wait until the movie hits the DVD market, or a kid in Thailand films it in a theater ~
Whoops, “gun chewing,” meant “gum chewing.”
A movie theater would go out of business these days booking the same movie for a solid year.
You’d have to tear down the megaplexes and reverse back to having a handful of screens in a town.
And they’d have to be movies that you are willing to pay to go back to again and again.
Then there is the whole digital download theft issue.
People have vast purchased movie libraries at home as well as netflix, youtube, hulu, et al to rent by mail or stream content. 300 cable channels. Internet sites to read. Kindles and hardcopy books to read. Videogames to play.
Too diluted a marketplace.
would be about time.
I just purchased Oz, the Amazing.
Folks, I’m telling you...
The plot line develops around Oz, a womanizer, and the real reason the Wicked Witches were wicked.
Oz, the player, plays around and so it was only natural the women would turn into witches.
Seriously, now even movies like Oz are here to demonize, to educate the public how vile men truly are.
Our kids are bombarded with this stuff every day.
Over the last 25 years, the home theater experience has gotten much better. The movie theater experience has gotten worse.
I haven’t been to a movie theater this century. I haven’t missed it either.
Gun Chewing is a little hard on the dental work.
The screener copies of the films (and albums) are internally leaked. There is no need to film a picture off a screen.
plus overpriced popcorn and giant drink filled with ice? no thanks. I’ll watch it for pennies on my big screen at home.
The movie industry is not big enough, nor are movie stars great enough to Implode. They’ll just sort of fizzle and shrivel into nothingness.
Good riddance to bad rubbish.
Just got back from seeing “This is the End”. Paid $12 and had to tell the three people behind me to take their feet off the seats by my head. During the movie a woman two seats to my left checked her phone twice and answered once saying “I’m in a movie I’ll call you back”.
Still though, I can agree that seeing a movie on the big screen is superior to watching it on a home setup. iMax is a far better experience than that.
But $25 for a movie? Only if some behavioral norms are enforced.
Wow that’s quite a take on it. Oz is the hero and behaves heroically in the end. The witch was evil from the start.
The Thai products are much cheaper and I have sources
99% of the films released right now are high budget crap.
Do we really need another Pixar film or another Fast and Furious?
Gun chewing can be LOUD and DISTURBING.
It is a diluted market.
I for one miss the big screen and when movies were a social event.
p.s. I like to watch old movies. I just watched "Jubal" with Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine, Rod Steiger, Charles Bronson and others. It has scenery from the Grand Tetons. Why would I want to watch crappy modern movies when there's plenty of good old flicks I've yet to see?
Our small town theater just went digital last week. Owned by the same family for 80 years.
They did have to raise their ticket price a bit to cover the extra cost.
now $5 instead of $4
You might think that charging $25 for Iron Man and $7 for Lincoln would make the most money, but it might actually be the other way around. Or they market might actually do better with all movies being $5.
I suspect the industry will follow the market. The best way to make the most will be what they charge. It’s a very elastic market. Lots of alternatives for the entertainment dollar.
They put they wrong price on a movie and they might just find themselves making zilch.
Okay, do you think I’m totally off base then?
I don’t, but I’m not of a mind to state my take on it is perfect, and yours is totally wrong.
They did touch on the younger witch being evil before, but there wasn’t any evidence until she hardened her heart and submitted to her sister’s suggestion she take a bite of the apple.
She only did that because the guy was such an ‘abuser’.
And yes you’re correct, in the end Oz does save the day.
There is a revolution coming in how movies are made. Avatars that are not human but you cannot tell and new green screen type technology will make it easier and less expensive to make a feature film.
I’ve seen event screenings of movies.
The new trend (that I haven’t been to) is to screen a movie with the live symphony playing the film score (originally it was done with Warner Brother cartoons in the 1990s but now it is done with films like Dracula and West Side Story).
There were also big roadshow revivals of movies like Lawrence of Arabia.
They still make epic LENGTH movies but no longer put intermissions in them so you can go to the bathroom, discuss, the film, make a phone call, etc. Also without the STAGING of a film as a first act, second act, and finale, the plots meander and then are expanded even longer on the eventual DVD release.
Storytelling has gone out the window.
Our one and only small town theatre went digital last year, prices went from $7 a ticket to $8.
Correct. Some of us don't have 3-d vision to see 3-d movies. They're nothing but one big "blur" ... those stupid 3-d glasses don't work. Period. Doesn't matter if it's the same filter lens for both eyes either.
Sucks living in a 2-d world. Really does.
Hollywood is just a boring, no talent, CGI ridden political arena. The only movie I actually enjoyed seeing in the last 10 years was Flight 93. Everyone in the theater was quiet, no kids, teenagers, mostly white older conservatives. The theater was packed too. Men actually got up and gave seats to the women.
I remember in the 1980s when $1 theater second run houses ran wild. People would go to the movies at the dollar multiplex and often watch just about anything that was screened.
Eventually the theaters became run down.
Next to me in a theater was a woman texting somebody. There was a ping! Click, clikety click as she answered, ping!
Finally, I leaned over, my head next to hers, viewing the screen on her phone,, she sort of pushes me away....
I said “ why'd you do that, you obviously want me in on this conversation or you'd take it outside!”.
She got up and left.
If that translates to fewer $ for leftists, I like it.
I just didn’t get that impression from it at all. Oz was a likeable lunk who comes up big when it counts - which is a very common theme in American movies - the hustler who encounters something bigger than himself.
Hollywood and Broadway have run out of ideas.
Everything is just a remake anymore. Many Broadway shows are adapted from movies (like Legally Blonde, really???). The new Superman is a remake. And it isn’t a remake of the 1938 origin story. It’s a remake of the 1978 movie.
Seen it already. No thanks.
“Broadway play model, whereby fewer movies are released, they stay in theaters for a year and ticket prices are much higher. His prediction prompted Spielberg to recall that his 1982 film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stayed in theaters for a year and four months.”
That’s a biggie for me. By the time I find time to go, what I want to see is gone. The Hobbit in 48fps 3d glory? That should be around for months, as there is no good way to see it otherwise. Though considering cost (tickets plus sitter run $50+ for just one viewing), may as well buy a 3d TV instead.
Good bye! I rather watch any old Bogie film! or any 40 to 60 film!
I think conservatives alone could bankrupt Hollywood.
Just don’t go to movies.
The last time for me was 1996.
Starve the beast. The beast doesn’t give a rip about you anyway.
I loved the majestic old theatres where we would all go out together, several couples and just dig the entire atmosphere of the BIG screen and all the beauty of the theatre.
Off for dinner and drinks and a good chin wag about the movie afterwards.
Now everything is so compressed.
Yes! The FR detached retina ping list.
Netflix is good for that. There are several other sites like Netflix, either free or $8 or so a month. Get a puck like Roku or Apple TV to stream that or other Internet movies. I found a couple free sites that focus on old classics. With a sound bar hooked to your TV, you'll get a near theatre sound experience. When I want current movies, I'll pay the $3.99 or so to rent. Some current movies are discounted to $10 for purchase online; can then watch repeatedly. Far cheaper than going to a theater, without having your seat kicked from behind.
Home theatre system will pay for itself.
There are still good movies being made, but they are generally classic themes.
I wish I had seen this on the BIG SCREEN.
Viewing it on youtube sucks ***
Follow the links..
maybe if they made good movies, people wouldn’t wait them out and rent it for pennies on the dollar of a ticket price.
Movie theaters will still be around, but the business model has to change.
Thanks for the opposing opinion Borges. I give it some thought. Take care...
I sincerely hope so. Hollyweird has produced little more than dreck for over a decade and I am at a loss to understand why they are still making money!
Until people figure out that the money they work so hard to earn is going in the pockets of people who detest conservatives and conservatism and keeps them making absurd amounts of money, nothing will change.
I have long advocated conservatives to boycott Hollyweird, boycott their shows, concerts and TV garbage to the extent that they can no longer afford to keep dissing 50% or better of their audience. When they can't pay cash for their new Ferrari, maybe then they will appreciate the saying "Silence is golden" and stop talking trash to and about conservatives, the Tea Party and conservatism.
Where I grew up, we had a bunch of majestic theatres. It seemed like the screen was almost as wide as a football field (I was a kid). They had intermissions, where the theatre staff would have raffles for prizes, and other entertainment. Fun to go just for that. Not to mention the cartoons before the first movie and before the second one (yes, sometimes you'd see two for a single ticket). Those days are long gone, as well as the theatres.
My last time was "The Lion King" (1994)
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