When Steven Spielberg talks, people listen. Several years ago he predicted that an implosion of Hollywood’s current system was likely if we saw a string of very expensive bombs all hitting at once.
At the time he was decrying how studios were pouring so much of their resources into giant blockbusters, especially superhero films, and as a result of that they would have to completely re-think their strategies in order to survive if several of these juggernauts tanked at once.
Earlier this year he reinforced those comments with quotes saying that superhero movies will go the way of the western. In a recent press day for his Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies” though, the filmmaker has heard about the strong reaction to his comments and takes time to try and clarify them. He tells Collider:
“To clarify, I didn’t predict the implosion of the film industry at all, I simply predicted that a number of blockbusters in one summer – those big sort of tentpole superhero movies – there was going to come a time where two or three or four of them in a row didn’t work.
That’s really all I said. I didn’t say the film industry was ever going to end because of it. I was simply saying that I felt that that particular genre doesn’t have the legs or longevity of the Western, which was around since the beginning of film and only started to wither and shrivel in the sixties.
I was also trying to make the point that there was room for every kind of movie today because there seems to be an audience for everything. Even five years ago there wasn’t an audience for everything. But now, these little movies are just squeezing in and finding a berth next to these huge Queen Mary type movies and they’re able to find an audience, enough of an audience to encourage the distributor and the film companies to finance more of them. These are not just films like Bridge of Spies, it’s independent movies as well.”
Spielberg is currently in post-production on the film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic “The BFG” and is next set to direct an adaptation of the bestselling sci-fi novel “Ready Player One”.