The Los Angeles Times interviewed Tom Shone and Christopher Nolan about Shone’s latest book ‘The Nolan Variations’ on how the book came together and Nolan opened up about the current status of the movie business.
This year pandemic has affected all business sectors as well as the cinema industry deeply. Not only were the films cancelled, but most films also had to be postponed over and over again until two years later. Christopher Nolan’s latest film ‘Tenet‘, on the other hand, was released in September and had high box office numbers despite the pandemic process.
One of the questions asked during the interview was on the future of the cinema industry, and it was discussed how the industry will progress if it is not possible for people to enter crowded environments due to COVID-19.
Master director, Nolan’s idea on this subject was that he believes there is a new reality and everyone must adapt to it. Expressing his excitement about ‘Tenet’, managing to make 350 million dollars, the director was also worried that this situation would result in getting wrong interpretations.
The reason for this is that he believes that the producers can focus on the negative side of the pandemic and use it as an excuse instead of seeing the positive side.
According to Nolan’s point of view, cinemas are a part of life like restaurants and everything else, so he thinks that movie theaters should not be removed, although it is necessary to keep up with the new reality for now.
Here’s what he stated:
“Well, it’s a difficult question to speak to. If you’re talking about the acceleration of existing trends, that’s something I started reading right at the beginning of the pandemic. And it ignores the reality that 2019 was the biggest year for theatrical films in history. They’d made the most money. The admissions were huge. So to me, it’s much more about: What’s the new reality we’re living in?
Warner Bros. released “Tenet,” and I’m thrilled that it has made almost $350 million. But I am worried that the studios are drawing the wrong conclusions from our release — that rather than looking at where the film has worked well and how that can provide them with much needed revenue, they’re looking at where it hasn’t lived up to pre-COVID expectations and will start using that as an excuse to make exhibition take all the losses from the pandemic instead of getting in the game and adapting — or rebuilding our business, in other words. Long term, moviegoing is a part of life, like restaurants and everything else. But right now, everybody has to adapt to a new reality.”
Click here for the source.