Recently Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made comments that may have been taken in the wrong way. Their comments centered around the declining movie industry and mentioned that studios and the industry is headed for a “massive implosion”. When reading over their comments I couldn’t help but think that they didn’t feel what they have done for their whole lives is in jeopardy, but the fact that they way they have done and seen things is headed for a massive change.
The movie industry is pulling in massive amounts of money of the last few years, even in the theaters. What the two storied and highly respected directors were driving at is that movie studios are limiting the massive amounts of money they will spread out. They will give movies like The Avengers more money than they would in the past as opposed to giving some of that movie to films more thought provoking or historically relevant films. That means lesser known actors will be put in bigger roles. I believe this to be the biggest boom of new talent discovery that may have ever occurred.
As far as films and viewing goes, the studios couldn’t ask for more. With the internet and availability through cable and satellite networks like DirectTV and Time Warner with their movie demand and accessibility are the standard in the states. In the UK companies like Sky TV Broadband allow as much access as anyone. They offer all premium channels like HBO and Showtime as well as features like HBOGO which might be the best thing to happen to movie and TV fans in years.
As far as smaller more thought provoking films, fear not movie fans. Look for the independent film industry to absorb the films that major studio don’t deem budget worthy. This has been a growing area for films in years. And though they are tougher to find in theaters thats what the afore mentioned areas are there for.
So in a bold move I have to strongly disagree with Mr. Spielberg and Mr. Lucas and tell you that good films are going nowhere.