The lack of original films in the marketplace is an often talked about issue amongst critics, film fans and filmmakers. Finding a film that’s not a sequel, a reboot, a remake, or an adaptation of an established property is rare, which means when one does come along and surprise it can succeed like nothing else.
Speaking at a Q&A session at the Telluride Film Festival, actor Tom Hanks was on hand to promote the new film “Sully,” but you might not have known it because he spent a good portion of the session talking about his love for Damien Chazelle’s old-fashioned musical “La La Land” which also premiered there. Here’s his gushing and his assessment on the state of original movies these days:
“I like to think we approach movies the same way we approach being members of the audience in that you just want to see something you have never seen before. It’s funny. Who saw La La Land yesterday? When you see something that is brand new, that you can’t imagine, and you think, ‘Well, thank God this landed,’ because I think a movie like La La Land would be anethema to studios. Number one, it is a musical and no one knows the songs…This is not a movie that falls into some sort of trend. I think it is going to be a test of the broader national audience, because it has none of the things that major studios want. Pre-awareness is a big thing they want, which is why a lot of remakes are going on. [La La Land] is not a sequel, nobody knows who the characters are… But if the audience doesn’t go and embrace something as wonderful as this, then we are all doomed.”
Filmmaker Brad Bird came up with an idea to solve the issue last year, suggesting studios adopt an allowance system which would restrain the amount of franchise films a given studio could produce. Hanks’ “Sully” is slated to hit cinemas on September 9th.