Tom Hanks survived a battle with COVID-19 and now, out promoting his new film “News of the World,” he has talked about the battle for the future of cinemas.
Speaking with Collider to promote the western drama, a project that sees him re-teaming with his “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass, he says a sea change has neem due anyway since the advent of streaming services.
Unlike many, however, he’s neither dismissive of one or another way and suggests cinemas will survive:
“Will movie theaters still exist? Absolutely, they will. In some ways, I think the exhibitors – once they’re up and open – are going to have the freedom of choice of what movies they’re going to play.
Big event motion pictures are going to rule the day at the cinemas. ‘News of the World’ might be the last adult movie about people saying interesting things that are going to play on a big screen somewhere, because after this, in order to guarantee that people show up again, we’re going to have the Marvel Universe and all sorts of franchises.”
Part of the reason for that is that smaller movies are already adjusting to producing for streaming platforms as opposed to big-budget films where the larger screen real estate matters more:
“You want to see them [franchise films] writ large because watching them at home on your couch actually might diminish them somehow in their visual punch. I think there will be an awful lot of movies that will only be streamed, and I think it will be fine to see them that way because they will actually be built and made and constructed for somebody’s pretty good widescreen TV at their home.”
He may be right. While the weekend box-office numbers aren’t in, big-screen epic “Wonder Woman 1984” is reportedly on track for the biggest opening since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, while “News of the World” will be settling for only about 25% of that film’s haul over the same period.