20 Weeks Archive for July, 2007

20 Weeks… Summer Settles In

There is a very good chance that this summer will be The Best Ever. (Half-Empties will trot out estimated ticket sales. Yawn.) But even if the record is gotten, the question is what was thrown into the marketplace to achieve the number.
We are at this odd place where studios are having fewer outright summer failures than ever … but are also unable to build even the most obvious franchises into bigger franchises. It’s not a syndrome of #3 or #2 or #4 or whatever. That is too simplistic an analysis to be worth making.
Surprisingly, the cost of these films is now so high that the “good ol’ days” of studios taking runners on someone’s ego are close to over. With $400 million-plus investments and each franchise film getting more expensive, the “what if?” of it all is big enough to bring a studio to its knees. When you make a movie and a $500 million worldwide gross means you will lose money, you are gambling with your life … even if you have Spider-security.

The rest….
The updated chart… Transformers moves into #2… The Simpsons rises…

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“I really want to see The Irishman. I’ve heard it’s big brother Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece. But I really can’t find the time. The promotion schedule is so tight, there’s no opportunity to see a three and a half-hour movie. But I really want to see it. In 2017, right before Okja’s New York premiere, I had the chance to go to Scorsese’s office, which is in the DGA building. There’s a lovely screening room there, too, with film prints that he’s collected. I talked to him for about an hour. There’s no movie he hasn’t seen, even Korean films. We talked about what he’s seen and his past work. It was a glorious day. I’ve loved his work since I was in college. Who doesn’t? Anyone involved with movies must feel the same way.”
~ Bong Joon-ho

“But okay, I promise you now that if I ever retire again, I’m going to ensure that I can’t walk it back. I’ll post a series of the most disgusting, offensive, outrageous statements you can ever imagine. That way it will be impossible for me to ever be employed again. No one is going to take my calls. No one is going to want to be seen with me. Oh, it will be scorched earth. I will have torched everything. I’m going to flame out in the most legendary fashion.”
~ Steven Soderbergh