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THR analyzes how TV is affecting the film market and chats with 'Big Short' director Adam McCay.
The Hollywood Reporter's fifth American Film Market daily issue features an analysis of how TV is affecting the film market, a chat with Big Short director Adam McCay and news of Amazon Studios snaring the star-studded horror film The Neon Demon.
Is TV (Slowly) Killing the AFM?
The boom in television production, so goes the dealmakers' argument, is drawing talent away from film projects, making it increasingly difficult to attach A-listers to features. The volume of production on U.S. TV networks "has literally doubled in the last three years," said film consultant Roy A. Salter. "There’s less talent available [for films]. The attention has been turned to the T [television] rather than the F [film]. Is it affecting features? Yes."
Refn's Neon Demon Snared
Amazon Studios has swooped into Santa Monica and the AFM to pick up The Neon Demon, the hotly anticipated American-Danish horror film from Drive-director Nicolas Winding Refn, starring Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone. The title — which Amazon will give a U.S. theatrical release next summer — is a project from Gaumont and Wild Bunch, who have both co-financed and are co-selling internationally. The Jokers will distribute in France, in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont.
Inside The Big Short
Known for comedy hits like Step Brothers, Anchorman and Talladega Nights, Adam McKay might not be the first person who comes to mind when thinking of a writer-director for a financial drama about the credit and housing collapse of the mid-2000s. But McKay, who wrote for Saturday Night Live, co-founded Funny or Die and penned the script for Marvel’s Ant-Man, then got Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt on board. Ahead of its world premiere, McKay spoke to THR about his dream cast, breaking the fourth wall and how he hopes his timely film will spark discussion.
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