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?