“...In some respects opening this movie in July seems like a very smart move because the landscape is so wide open.... [b]ut anyone who says they know what is going to happen is lying.”Okay, it’s been a few months.
I’ve done my best to maintain my spirits. Not easy, as I’m sure you’re aware. Virginia and I talk every night—needless to say I miss her terribly—she about all the online music groups she’s joined; me about the new novel I’m writing. It’s a rewrite of a SF script that was gonna be a graphic novel years ago. It’s going well. Baseball no longer seems relevant for fiction and I’m not sure I have the will to return to my previous manuscript anyway.
I’ve kept this blog active with talk about old movies, and it’s been helpful for me. My little world tour made me aware of films I never knew about before and others I would like to blog about at a later date. This month I’m gonna tackle westerns. I hope it’s been entertaining for you so far... but now it’s time to talk about the future.
We all want new movies again, among many other things—and yes, we accept as a given that they’re not a priority compared to essentials like health and safety—but we need movies too. Hollywood employs a whole lot of people for one thing, to say nothing of local theaters and their employees, and for another, the economy could use the financial boost. It appears to be a foregone conclusion that sooner or later, they will return, and somebody’s gotta be first.
Enter Christopher Nolan and Tenet.
The impression I get based on what I’ve read is that theaters may re-open in July. Here is a tentative list of movies currently expected to open this summer. As you can see, June is full of VOD and streaming releases, such as Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods (Netflix), Kenneth Branagh’s Artemis Fowl (Disney+) and Judd Apatow’s The King of Staten Island (VOD), but July will be the big test. Right now Hollywood is looking to Nolan to be the one to bring people back to theaters, even if it means observing the new social distancing protocols, with his new SF thriller, in a similar vein to his mega-hit Inception.
Will the world be closer to eradicating the Virus by July? If I knew that, I wouldn’t be here blogging about it. Will the world be at least safe enough to return to theaters by then? That’s the billion dollar question, isn’t it? Like Nolan, I believe in seeing movies in theaters, with an appreciative audience. I would see Tenet with my mask on if I had to (though eating popcorn will be tricky). As for other movies, I might have to make some hard choices. Wonder Woman 1984? Probably. Mulan? Maybe. Looks mighty good for a Disney film. Bill and Ted Face the Music? I don’t know.
Last year I finally took baby steps towards watching new releases online instead of in theaters, and I’ll continue that trend for awhile longer, even if it means missing out on certain movies... but there are way too many streaming services that all look interchangeable. Here’s an early review of one of the newest, HBO Max, and it’s not exactly promising. Netflix is no longer unique, and the competition is heating up, but it’s enough for me.
So what does that leave me? Fewer new releases? I hope not—but like I said: all-new territory. For an insider’s deep dive on the possible future of Hollywood post-Virus, you MUST read this piece. (Thanks to Alicia for the link,)
How are you coping?