The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies

by Ben Fritz

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Overview


The stunning metamorphosis of twenty-first-century Hollywood and what lies ahead for the art and commerce of film

In the past decade, Hollywood has endured a cataclysm on a par with the end of silent film and the demise of the studio system. Stars and directors have seen their power dwindle, while writers and producers lift their best techniques from TV, comic books, and the toy biz. The future of Hollywood is being written by powerful corporate brands like Marvel, Amazon, Netflix, and Lego, as well as censors in China.

Ben Fritz chronicles this dramatic shakeup with unmatched skill, bringing equal fluency to both the financial and entertainment aspects of Hollywood. He dives deeply into the fruits of the Sony hack to show how the previous model, long a creative and commercial success, lost its way. And he looks ahead through interviews with dozens of key players at Disney, Marvel, Netflix, Amazon, Imax, and others to discover how they have reinvented the business. He shows us, for instance, how Marvel replaced stars with “universes,” and how Disney remade itself in Apple’s image and reaped enormous profits.

But despite the destruction of the studios’ traditional playbook, Fritz argues that these seismic shifts signal the dawn of a new heyday for film. The Big Picture shows the first glimmers of this new golden age through the eyes of the creative mavericks who are defining what our movies will look like in the new era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544789760
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,150,574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


BEN FRITZ reports on the entertainment industry for the Wall Street Journal. He has also covered Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times and Variety, and is coauthor of the best-selling All the President’s Spin.
 

Table of Contents

A Note on Sources ix

Introduction: Groundhog Day - How Franchises Killed Originality in Hollywood xiii

Part 1 How Hollywood Got Here

1 The Odd Couple: Lynton and Pascal's Glory Days at Sony 3

2 Reality Bites: How Everything Went Wrong for the Movie Business 21

3 Inception: The Secret Origin of the Superhero Movie 37

4 Revenge of the Nerds: The Rise of Marvel Studios 53

5 Spider-Man: Homecoming-Why Sony Gave Up Its Most Valuable Asset 75

6 Star Wars: The Decline of the A-List 83

7 A Star Is Born: Netflix, the New Home for Movie Stars 101

8 Frozen: Why Studios Stopped Making Mid-Budget Dramas 111

9 Trading Places: How TV Stole Movies' Spot atop Hollywood 125

Part 2 Where Hollywood Is Headed

10 The Terminator: Disney, the Perfect Studio for the Franchise Age 143

11 The Producers: Creativity Meets Franchise Management 165

12 The Shop Around the Corner: Amazon Saves the Indie Film Business 187

13 Apt Pupil: China's Shifting Relationship with Hollywood 201

14 Field of Dreams: Studio Defectors and the Future of Nonfranchise Films 221

15 The Last Picture Show? 231

Afterword 243

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Index 279

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