It’s no secret that big-budget films have become the bane of our existence. It seems as though the years following 2016 have been the years for remakes and sequels when it comes to reviving old films. The amount of films scheduled to make an appearance in 2018 is rather large, and that’s one of the biggest issues Hollywood has to deal with, to date.
Foster told Radio Times Magazine that,
Going to the movies has become like a theme park. Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking – you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth. It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world. I don’t want to make $200m movies about superheroes.
Foster isn’t the only celebrity to have noticed this blasé approach that Hollywood has taken; Tara Flynn, a rising star at a TV production unit of 21st Century Fox declared that she was quitting and joining Netflix Inc. The truth of the matter is that Hollywood has competition, and that’s Netflix originals. In order to stay on top of it all, Hollywood needs to keep cranking out movies to stay in the running. The line up for 2018 contains the movies: Avengers: Infinity War, Pacific Rim 2, Toy Story 4, Deadpool 2, Black Panther, Jurassic World 2, Jungle Book: Origins, The Secret Life of Pets 2, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Wreck-It Ralph 2, and many others.
Although Hollywood attempted to fight back against Netflix and Amazon originals, it seemed to be unsuccessful. The way the schedule has been set-up, there are multiple premieres within one week from each other, which doesn’t allow for the proper screening time or the chance to receive high-success ratings. The estimated numbers are low for the box office profits, although, the case would’ve been different if each movie would’ve had a respectful release and a proper scheduled timing. It’s been recognized that Netflix has spent only 6 million on production and has seen a prosperous outcome, while Hollywood has spent, give or take, a whopping 2 to 3 million dollars only to see low numbers.
On top of the poorly scheduled release of movies that were planned for 2018, there are also more popular films that are supposed to come out in 2018, though the release dates aren’t clear.
To say that 2018 is the year of films might be an embellishment, as plots have become mediocre in order to appeal to a younger, less tasteful audience. With the abundances of remakes, there are more and more films that lose their original appeal due to the lack of raw, gritty action; iconic, gory make-up and SFX as well as general adult themes and situations, and humor.
The lack of time, attention, and detail that Hollywood displays in their movie are what has allowed Netflix to become smarter in their role during this difficult time of entertainment films and television. Netflix originals have become the salvation, releasing carefully created shows that the consumers WANT to see on their own time. Many viewers appreciate that they’re able to watch shows at their own pace rather than be tied to a network’s schedule. With more than 80+ creative content released in 2017, Netflix can admit that it has had a successful year, while Netflix cannot.
If you listened in to the conversations friends were having in 2017, it was presumably about Netflix originals, rather than the new films in theatre. With Netflix keeping the history of entertainment alive, Hollywood movies are still continuing on the same path. Netflix’s momentum can’t be slowed, as they continue to produce quality films in a sensible time and that’s why celebrities have turned against the one that has made them.