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'The Film Studios are All Now Subdivisions of Huge Multinational Corporations': Director John Landis Decries Today's Film Studio

By Ramzi De Coster | Indiewire November 25, 2013 at 5:01PM

Last week at the Mar del Plata festival “Animal House” director John Landis stuck it to the contemporary major studio film industry and its monopolization at the hands of multi-national corporations that in earlier decades, he remarked, had yet to leap onto big budget filmmaking scene. The Hollywood Reporter published a full article available here on the veteran horror and comedy film director’s comments on the slow and sombre film studio demise. Landis made note of, among other things, the lack of creativity, the overabundance of formulaic storytelling, flashiness and the wider web of internet piracy that rummages restlessly through the intellectual properties of others. While lamenting that, “there are no original ideas” and that it is “very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie,” Landis offered some words of bittersweet optimism that ”There will always be good movies being made. It's just harder and harder to see them.”
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John Landis

Last week at the Mar del Plata festival “Animal House” director John Landis stuck it to the contemporary major studio film industry and its monopolization at the hands of multi-national corporations that in earlier decades, he remarked, had yet to leap onto big budget filmmaking scene.

The Hollywood Reporter published a full article available here on the veteran horror and comedy film director’s comments on the slow and somber film studio demise. Landis made note of, among other things, the lack of creativity, the overabundance of formulaic storytelling and technical flashiness and the wider web of internet piracy that exploits relentlessly the intellectual properties of others. 

While lamenting that, “there are no original ideas” and that it is “very common now to spend more money selling a movie than making a movie,” Landis offered some words of bittersweet optimism that, ”There will always be good movies being made. It's just harder and harder to see them.”

But, echoing the rest of the industry today, the mainstream moviemaker says that TV is where the original storytelling is at: "[T]hey can afford to take the risk."

For the full The Hollywood Reporter article click here.

This article is related to: John Landis, The Hollywood Reporter, Animal House, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, Television






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