Tom Hanks Says Movie Theaters Will ‘Absolutely’ Survive – But Marvel-Like Franchises Will Dominate
Despite the carnage caused by COVID-19, Tom Hanks said cinemas will "absolutely" survive the pandemic - but they are likely to be dominated even more than before by Marvel and other big budget franchises.
While promoting his new Western News of the World, Hanks shared his two cents during a video interview with Collider on Saturday.
“Will there still be cinemas? They definitely will, ”said Hanks. “In a way, once they are open and open, exhibitors have a freer choice of which films to play. And I'm not Cassandra when it comes to that, but I'll say that for big events, movies will rule the day in theaters. "
Hanks speculated that "News of the World" might be one of the last "adult" films in which the plot is determined by "interesting" things the characters have to say to get out in theaters.
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"Because after that," he continued, "we're going to have the Marvel Universe and all sorts of franchises to make sure people show up." And some of these films are great. You want them to be capitalized because actually watching them at home on your couch may lessen them somewhere in their visual punch. "
His comments come after a devastating year for the cinema business as thousands of exhibitors were forced to stand still due to the pandemic. AMC, the largest theater chain in the United States, has seen its share price decline 66% since the beginning of the year. The company recently warned it could run out of cash in early 2021.
Hanks said fans will occasionally "flock" to theaters to see films that are not franchised. But the pandemic, Hanks said, has sped up the pace of seeing more content at home, which was already in full swing. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you can't get a top notch experience from the couch, according to Hanks. He said he recently streamed the HBO miniseries "Chernobyl" and thought it was "one of the greatest movies I've ever seen". Similarly, he said that watching the two-day show "The Bridge on the River Kwai" on network television as a child didn't detract from his enjoyment of film, and that "great and engaging" stories can often go beyond their medium.
"The sea change caused by COVID-19 has been a slow pull," Hanks said. "I think there will be a lot of movies that are just streamed and it will be okay to watch them that way because they were actually built and made and built for the pretty good widescreen television set by someone at their home. "
He added, "Without a doubt, we are actually in the great curve of change that has been due since then." VHS tapes have been introduced. "That was just on the horizon."
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