Christopher Nolan called it – Hollywood finally faces the music
This is the same Paramount, by the way, whose new CEO is planning (again, according to The Hollywood Reporter) to retire from “major theatrical productions” to focus on “remakes, branded content and movies. cheaper rates “that can be deployed on his new digital platform, Paramount +. As for Universal – the studio that Nolan just left over Warner Bros. decision to open its main films on streaming services – well, it’s the same Universal that, weeks after the lockdown went into effect, last year, decided to release some of their major 2020 titles online, including The King of Staten Island and Trolls World Tour.
With the UK box office occupying 50% at this time last year and operating at a respectable 75% of the pre-pandemic rate, as well as the latest James Bond and Dune films – glory be – finally opening in the months to come, it looks like life in the cinema is finally getting back to normal. But in Hollywood, the life of a director is anything but. Not only does no one know how things are going to play out, but every time a panning occurs the gut reactions don’t always add up.
The most recent high-profile creative guy to join the chorus of dismay over Warner Bros’ “horrific” decision to release their work simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max is David Chase. Yes, the same David Chase who did six seasons of The Sopranos for HBO. (The prequel to Chase’s Sopranos and director Alan Taylor, The Many Saints of Newark, will be released next week.)
To me, there is a note of foreknowledge or prophecy in Nolan’s film with Universal having a budget of just $ 100 million, making it his smallest film since 2006’s The Prestige. Whether by instinct, fate or design, the eminent blockbuster director of the past 15 years is backing down. And the company – as it always does – will follow suit.