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.



Chairman Adam Fogelson points to the studio’s Oscar hopeful Les Miserables as an example of a film “not designed to sell toys” that was made for a responsible price (about $61 million). Universal’s financial partnership with Elliott Management (formerly Relativity) ends in 2013, and the studio is looking for a replacement. And an agent gripes that “it’s hard to judge that studio until [owner Comcast] either backs this team or gets someone else.”


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