Does it seem like there are more big (as in big budget) movies this year? It occurred to me watching trailers a while back that this year if filled with one giant production after another. I remember when each year would welcome three or four big-budget, special effects-laden movies. Not the case any more, it seems.
There’s the Scarlett Johansson movie Lucy. Written and directed by Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element), I’m pulling for it. Now start adding on: Godzilla, Captain America, X-Men sequel, Transformers sequel, Spider-Man sequel, Edge of Tomorrow, Johnny Depp’s movie Transcendence, Expendables III, Planet of the Apes sequel, Hercules, Jupiter Ascending (The Wachowski brothers return to sci-fi), Guardians of the Galaxy, and for good measure a Twister remake, Into the Storm.
Now add on the Age of Antiquity films I wrote about: Pompeii, the 300 sequel and Noah. At Christmas is coming Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Now that is one HELL OF A LOT of big-budget movies. Complete saturation. And I am quite certain I am leaving a few big ones out. So what’s my point?
I heard a news flash a few weeks ago that box office revenue is up this year, but somehow I doubt enough to keep up with all the spending, which begs the question: have these studios learned nothing? I refer to my post Big Movies Go Bust — from just last summer. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see if all the expensive projects this year translate into profits, because all I see is Hollywood quadrupling-down on the blockbuster.