It’s Cute That Hollywood Is Still Hoping For Movie Releases!
I get. I get it all right? Hollywood is a money-making machine. It’s the showbiz capital and aside from entertaining us, Tinseltown needs to earn the big bucks.
Which is why we’re getting notifications about the constant delays of the upcoming movies. Hollywood is not giving up on having a blockbuster summer, but the Coronavirus has other plans.
You’ve probably heard the news. Mulan, Tenet, Bill And Ted: Face The Music, A Quiet Place Part II, Wonder Woman 1984 and so many other moves have been delayed yet again. They’ve been pushed forward because of the fresh new spikes of Coronavirus cases in the USA (primarily) but also elsewhere.
Which begs the questions. Is really Hollywood so adamant about releasing these movies in the middle of a global pandemic? Can’t they wait like a year or so on some executive’s shelves and why can’t Hollywood quit them?
Look, even if there wasn’t a big spike in new Coronavirus cases, I doubt that many people would show up at the movie theaters anyway. The fear is still present, and I doubt that you’ll be comfortable watching a 3-hour long movie with your mask on. I certainly wouldn’t be headed to the movie theaters any time soon.
So, why is Hollywood so set in his ways to release these movies despite the looming threat of new infections? Well, because Hollywood is run by old (er) white dudes who don’t really have that much faith in the alternatives. Meaning the streaming services. Let’s face it. The other option would be to release the movies in question on Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services. And believe it or not, they’re still looked down by the eyes of those crusty white dudes. It’s just not the same, despite the Academy changing the qualifying rules for the Oscars.
Let’s face it. The summer of 2020 is not going to be a glorious summer movie. It’s just not going to be. The virus is not going away (sadly) and we’re just gonna have to adapt to the new situation. And I’m sorry to say, but it seems a bit cruel to postpone and delay these movies in the vain hope that someone will eventually watch them. I’m not a Nostradamus, but I don’t see that happening even if they DO get released. Most of them are huge blockbusters with insane budgets invested in them, and there’s no way in hell any of them will even break even. Let alone turn a profit.
I know it, you know it, and it’s time that Hollywood knows it. Tenet will probably earn a bunch of delayed Oscars next year even if it’s released on Netflix. I know it’s gonna be good. For fuck’s sake, Christopher Nolan made that movie. Of course, it’s going to be good.
But stop grasping for such unattainable standards and stop putting people’s lives in jeopardy. It’s risky and reckless to ask for the audience to come to the movie theaters in the middle of a global pandemic. Just release the damn movies on some streaming service and call it a day.
It’s cute actually. And optimistic from your perspective. But from ours, it is a bit dangerous. We get it all right? This situation has never ever happened before. Well, the Spanish Flu pandemic happened but back then there wasn’t even Hollywood let alone the industry in it.
So, cut your losses and just get with the program. You’re just delaying the inevitable. These movies are not going to see the light of the movie theaters, and it’s just sad that you think they will. Stop it. Call Netflix and get things done. And for the love of GOD forget about the summer blockbuster season. It’s not going to happen in 2020. Get over it.