Four years ago, Steven Spielberg warned that the movie industry’s ongoing focus on blockbusters was unsustainable. “There’s eventually going to be an implosion — or a big meltdown. There’s going to be an implosion where three or four or maybe even a half-dozen megabudget movies are going to go crashing into the ground, and that’s going to change the paradigm,” he said. That hasn’t happened — yet — but the filmmaker remained convinced about his concerns last year.
“I still stand by [that]. What I said was that it’s only going to take three or four super-blockbusters to damage the bottom line, because these movies are all now costing between $225 and $300 million. If the general public finds another genre —maybe some young filmmaker will invent a genre — which starts to supplant the superhero movie, this thing could happen,” Spielberg elaborated.
Well, the filmmaker has someone else in his corner: Mark Hamill. The “Star Wars” anchor believes there’s simply too many superhero movies, and calls on them to step up the storytelling.
“I don’t know what’s going on with superhero movies. They’re fantastic, but I think we’re reaching a point of oversaturation. So that’s why the story is so important, is that the gimmicks and all that, they can only take you so far. That’s what I want, better stories,” he told USA Today.
Strong words, but I’m sure there are plenty who will throw it right back at Hamill that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had nothing more than a greatest hits of the “Star Wars” movies at the core of its narrative. However, whether or not we have too many superhero movies, he is right that the stories could use an injection of true creativity.
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