Why Studios Don't Pay to Make Movies Anymore (Analysis)

"John Carter"
"John Carter"

Fewer films, farmed-out risk, less cachet -- why Hollywood now operates under dramatically different rules.



An exec close to the studio says it functions “like a marketing and distribution company for other hubs.” (But what hubs! Marvel, Pixar, Jerry Bruckheimer and now Lucasfilm.) Studio chairman Horn says production president Sean Bailey can make three to nine movies a year. And a midbudget project like 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of Mary Poppins, shows that some are not about selling lunchboxes.


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