Wednesday 21 February 2018

Wachowskis unfazed by negativity

Andy and Lana Wachowski don't think films should be judged only on their takings
Andy and Lana Wachowski don't think films should be judged only on their takings

The Wachowskis have said the movie industry is becoming like McDonald's.

Siblings Andy and Lana - who are best known for writing and directing The Matrix trilogy - said judging how well a film does solely by how much money it makes is hurting Hollywood.

And they revealed they see their new movie Jupiter Ascending as an opportunity to stand up for fresh material at a time when studios are keener to green light sequels, reboots and adaptations.

"The cultural obsession with equating a movie's success to its box office is incredibly damning to this industry," said Andy.

"It's pushing the industry more and more to making pure product, which is another reason why you constantly have reboots. It's McDonald's.

"People know what they're going to sit down and watch. Inherently, it's unhealthy for your brain."

Jupiter Ascending has been delayed from a July to February release and at a surprise screening at the Sundance festival, some audience members reportedly walked out, raising questions about whether it will become a pricey black hole for distributor Warner Bros.

Lana likened the reshuffling of the sci-fi movie - which stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum - to the studio's shifting of Gravity in 2013.

"The summer is built around familiarity," she said. "Many cultural critics who shape awareness for films are obsessed with sequels and derivative material. They wildly crave it.

"That kind of environment is hostile to originality. It only makes space for derivative material and rejects originality. I think Warner Bros was uncomfortable with that environment."

The Wachowskis also insisted they aren't too worried if their work is criticised.

"I've gotten a thicker skin when it comes to Internet searches on our art," Andy said.

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