John Landis says that studios aren't in the movie business anymore
Well, here's a conversation piece…
John Landis had more than a few choice statements on big studios and the state of the industry. Landis who worked steadily from 1973 to the late 90s took a ten year break of sorts until finally deciding to direct 2010s BURKE & HARE starring Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis.
What has Landis all upset? The director started by saying this to a group of reporters at the Mar del Plata Film Festival:
Landis then was asked if Hollywood was turning out remakes due to a lack of original ideas:
"There are no original ideas. What there is -- and this is something no one understands -- is that it is never about the idea, it is about the execution of the idea. The film studios are all now subdivisions of huge multinational corporations," he stated. "Time Warner, British Petroleum, Sony -- these aren't companies, they are f---ing nations. They are these giant international things that don't pay taxes! It's ridiculous. They're like pirates. It really has to do with desperation, because they don't know how to get people into the theaters, so they bring back 3D and make all this kind of shit."
Landis on how internet piracy factors in:
"One of the problems with the Internet that no one has solved is that for YouTube, Google, Yahoo to exist, they thrive on piracy. They must steal intellectual property; they're like vampires. So how do you fight that? Now there are generations worldwide who believe that when they're downloading something for free, it's not theft. It doesn't even occur to them, so intellectual property has become nothing. You used to be able to write a book, or do a piece, and it was yours, but now you're raped continuously. It's very complicated, and I don't have any answers."
There were a few positives during the rant. Though it does feel a bit backhanded:
"There are a lot of interesting things being made in cable TV now because they can afford to take the risk."
The director wrapped it up on a chaotic note:
"Everything is changing. Steve Jobs destroyed the music industry. He decided a song is worth 20 cents, just like that. (Snaps his fingers.) Boom. Destroyed. So everything has changed. There are no villains here. No one has the handle on it. I understand why they're scared. All their decisions are based on fear."
Do you agree or disagree with Landis?