- Jun 10, 2003
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- Josh Steinberg
I think that’s already happening and was going to happen regardless. The movie theater business as we know it came into existence in a time when that was the only way to view prerecorded visual entertainment. At a certain point, when you can view the same content at home in perpetuity, where the theater is no longer the only opportunity to see something but merely the first of many places something will be shown, that’s going to have an impact.My problem isn't the price, it's the result to the industry if it became the norm. There would be no movies except blockbusters because they'd be sure things to get people to spend $20 on.
We’ve also gone from a climate where sequels and story continuations used to be about diminishing returns, to being one of the only ways to get an audience to choose the theater over home viewing.
The midbudget movie has already more or less evolved into serialized television. Ten or fifteen years ago, you’d get movies like “The Queen” - now you get the show “The Crown” which is done by a lot of the same people. I don’t think it’s simply a case of one party forcing a change on another, but more of a symbiotic evolution. When one side tries to force something on the other unilaterally, it usually doesn’t survive long term. So you could say that Marvel movies forced movies like The Queen to television, but I think that’s an incomplete reading of the situation. I think audiences are also saying that if they’re going to become invested in a story and in its characters, maybe the two hour limit is unnecessarily arbitrary. If a movie plays in theaters for a few weeks (or months at best) and then lives on TVs in perpetuity, and if more people will experience something at home, why should the two hour theatrical slot be the format that these stories are conformed to?
We’ve seen similar evolutions before historically. The b-movies of years past and theatrical serials morphed into television. The Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies are a perfect prototype for what TV shows would be - hour long episode stories with a recurring main cast and new, unrelated stories in each installment with guest cast members. Old theatrical serials with continuing storylines foreshadowed what was to come with TV as well.
In a way, it’s sort of impressive how long the parameters of what a movie should be stayed fairly static. Some change is bound to happen every now and then.