The New York Times The New York Times The New York Times and Instagram caption shade. It's an absolute must-read.
Here's just one of many good quotes:
The situation, sadly, is that we now have two separate fields: There's world's audiovisual entertainment, and there's cinema. They still overlap from time to time, but that's becoming increasingly rare.
Disney CEO Bob Iger's must ears be burning something fierce! Scorsese's less-than-subtle callout of Disney and its monolithic presence has resonated with cinephiles who have decried Disney's power for some time. There's a good reason: Disney's dominance is both impressive and terrifying.
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Disney does not own theaters, but it does dominate the calendar year with blockbusters that people want to see. That makes it harder for other studios to find a weekend for a smaller release. 2020 may be a weaker lineup compared to the record-breaking 2019, but rival studios have to compete with Disney on 19 of the 52 weeks of the year. 2021 is even worse with four Marvel movies and the return of massive franchises Avatar 2 and a new Indiana Jones movie on the docket.
Scorsese is not the first director to call out Disney. Quentin Tarantino aired his own grievances with the company in December 2015. The Hateful Eight What he wanted to see because he wanted Disney Star Wars: The Force Awakens on as many screens as possible.
The New York Times essay also touches on streaming Streaming is a wildcard. In many ways, it's actually better for the industry since it's more and more. They're so turning what would have been theatrical releases into streaming exclusives. Disney is already doing it with its live-action remake of The Lady and the Tramp . It starts off as a theatrical release, but it wound up a Disney + launch title.
Both independent and single-minded releases are streamlined through streaming services. It's an issue, according to Scorsese, because every movie should be experienced as a theatrical release, not just Marvel movies. Netflix is distributing his new movie, The Irishman in select theaters around the country before streaming it later this month.
Leaning on both streaming and theatrical releases makes perfect business sense for a company like Disney. Funnel bets into streaming where customers are always hungry for new content, and use theaters for major franchise plays. Launching a streaming service is a big – and expensive – bet. Using theatrical releases for blockbusters might be bad for cinema as an art form, which scorsese highlights, but it makes a whole lot of business sense.
Seriously, read Scorsese's New York Times essay. It's well worth it.