Quentin Tarantino spoke about the success of Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood and other movies that don’t have any IP.
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In the interview, Tarantino talked about the success of his latest film, Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood. The movie has grossed over $100 million at the box office and has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. At one point, Tarantino told the interviewer: “I actually think a war for movies got played out this last year.”
Tarantino went on to explain that despite competition from big franchise movies — like Avengers: Endgame, Joker, or Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — original movies with no intellectual property went on to have successful years.
As far as I can see, the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year. It would have been the year that their world domination would have been complete. But it kind of wasn’t. Because of what you said, a lot of original movie comments came out and demanded to be seen, and demanded to be seen at the theaters. That ended up becoming a really, really strong year. I think when you sum up the year, it’s cinema that doesn’t fall into that blockbuster IP proof status, made its last stand this year.
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Taratino goes on to tout the importance of so many original movies coming out in 2019, saying: “If it hadn’t done it this year, it might have been the last stand for movies like that.”
Taratino is just the latest veteran director to talk about the impact of superhero movies or movies with a lot of IP. Scorsese was the most notable person. Back in October, he said Marvel movies weren’t “cinema” and compared them to roller coasters. He then wrote an OP-ED in the New York Times expounding on his view. Other notable directors to have similar views include Francis Ford Coppola and Ken Loach.