Renowned director Edgar Wright recently shared his insights on the current trend of Hollywood's reliance on intellectual properties, mainly focusing on the seemingly endless production of franchise films and TV shows. In an episode of the "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, the 49-year-old filmmaker, known for his innovative storytelling, expressed his concerns about the sustainability of this model.
Without pinpointing any specific franchise, Wright highlighted a prevalent issue in the industry: the announcement of extensive slates of films and TV series. He noted, "There's a danger of killing the golden goose." This observation subtly alludes to practices standard in significant franchises like Marvel, known for their ambitious and far-reaching production schedules.
Reflecting on his youth as a film enthusiast, Wright expressed dismay at the current landscape, lamenting the diminishing emphasis on new, original content. He reminisced, "If I could go back to when I was a young film fan, and I’ve just enjoyed a movie, and people are saying, ‘Guess what? There’ll be one every three years for the rest of your life.’ I’d be like, ‘Really?!’.
That’s the thing that is sad to me, the lack of investment in new movies."
Wright's Creative Advice
Wright offered a piece of advice to these franchises: "Have the sense to just take a breather and let people get excited about it again." He emphasized the importance of building anticipation and allowing audiences to miss these beloved series rather than inundating them with constant releases.
The creator of "Baby Driver" also delved into the challenges studio executives face, who often find themselves managing a roster of intellectual properties. He illustrated this by mentioning how new leadership at a studio like Warner Bros.
would immediately ponder the future of properties like "Scooby-Doo," focusing on maximizing existing assets rather than fostering new creative ventures. Wright's comments shed light on a growing concern in Hollywood: the overreliance on established franchises at the expense of original storytelling.
His views resonate with film enthusiasts and industry professionals alike, sparking a conversation about the need for balance and innovation in cinema.