So says the director here. (Well, he said it’s killing the cinema, but hey, I can read between the lines.)
Coming off one of Hollywood’s best summers in recent memory, I can’t really see what he’s talking about. (Although, some think global warming is the cause of the increase in business. I kid you not.)
But, as usual, the internet gets the blame because some people have the time to BitTorrent a 2 GB file on their DSL.
What’s really killing movies? A lack of creativity.
Come on. The biggest movies this summer were a bunch of rehashed ideas:
- Transformers: based off a cartoon of the same name which originated in the 80s.
- The Bourne Ultimatum: From what I hear, a good movie. But a sequel.
- The Simpsons: Another cartoon, but this one is not live action.
- Evan Almighty: A sequel to Bruce Almighty.
- Ocean’s Thirteen. I’m looking forward to Ocean’s Forty-Seven. I hear Fourty-Six will be terrible, though.
- Fantastic Four. A sequel to a bomb that bombed.
- Pirates of the Carribean. Avast mateys! It be a sequel! yarrrr
- Shrek the Third. Already in pre-production for Shrek’s Forty-Seventh. Can’t wait.
- Spider Man 3.
- Harry Potter and the Invasion of the Cash Cow.
- Halloween. It’s a remake.
I just scanned the list of movies and I can only find two original titles in there that were a box-office smash (big opening weekend), and those are I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, and Ratatouille.
Ridley, are you sure it’s the internet? Or is it Hollywood’s abandoning of originality that’s killing the industry?