Spielberg, Lucas: Movie Industry in Big Trouble
Failed blockbusters could result in game-changing 'meltdown'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 13, 2013 2:50 PM CDT
Steven Spielberg and George Lucas arrive for the premiere of the film "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

(Newser) – George Lucas and Steven Spielberg think the movie industry is headed for a catastrophic implosion that will change entertainment as we know it. At a USC School of Cinematic Arts panel, the Indiana Jones collaborators sketched a future worthy of a disaster flick, blaming the coming doom on the industry's myopic obsession with blockbusters, which is driving even the likes of Lincoln and Red Tails out of theaters, Variety reports. "You're talking about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas can't get their movies into theaters," Lucas marveled.

"There's eventually going to be a big meltdown," Spielberg predicted, "where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen of these mega-budgeted movies go crashing into the ground." When that happens, Lucas jumped in, there will be mass movie theater closings. "Going to the movies will cost 50 bucks, or 100 or 150 bucks, like what Broadway costs today," he said. Independent movies meanwhile will eschew the big-screen experience all together, shooting straight for streaming on demand services. For their full musings on those services, video games, and even programmable dreams, click the full story.

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Chatsworth
Jun 15, 2013 7:44 AM CDT
CGI and porn.that's the future of movies.
WhateverYouSay
Jun 15, 2013 6:57 AM CDT
Oh come on... don't blame the writing... there's plenty of good writing and good scripts around, but writers see their scripts gutted, "tweaked" by the director or studio, or ignored. Unfortunately, studios aren't green lighting much but special effects bombastic fare, remakes, sequels and fantasy. And worse... audiences aren't going to see the few good films still being made. The problem is the business model being adapted, ie trying to make money the first weekend a film comes out [probably in hopes bad word of mouth doesn't sink it too quickly], massive promotions and product tie ins... and sinking tons of money into formula films, all for the quick buck.
ziggy
Jun 15, 2013 2:22 AM CDT
...film is so ...(yawn)... um ...(really long yawn)... exciting.... oh and the film business is ...(yaaawn) omg I fell asleep....what were these blowhards talking about again?