While doing the press rounds for his much anticipate revival of
“Things changed a lot. So many films were not doing well at the box office even though they might have been great films and the things that were doing well at the box office weren’t the things that I would want to do.” When later asked if that meant that
Inland Empirewas indeed his last film, Lynch replied “yes, it is.”
via GIPHYThis is all sad, but not surprising. The movie industry has changed radically over the past decade, and while we nerds rejoice at the amount of big budget comic book, fantasy, and sci-fi blockbusters with brand recognition getting released that we love, the very risk averse Hollywood studios are pretty much
Of course, quirkier indie fare does still get made, but it’s usually made for peanuts. The mid-range budget art house film, which since the ’80s has been the bread and butter of directors like Lynch and John Waters, has all but vanished. Waters is another example of a quirk-filled indie writer/director whose last film was made a decade ago, and who has become an author/lecturer because no one will give him money for a film. Like Lynch, he doesn’t want to make a movie for $1 or $2 million dollars at this point in his career. You can hardly blame them.
The silver lining to this bummer news is that while movie studios only seem to want “four quadrant” branded content for the big screen, television — specifically, cable television and streaming — are eager for more challenging material. Recent water cooler shows like
Whether it takes the form of new episodes of
It should also be noted, before anyone cries in their coffee, that Lynch is a mercurial sort who tends to change his mind. In 2001, he publicly told crestfallen
How do you feel about Lynch retiring from film? Or you sad, or are you ready for Lynch to take on the world of television? Let us know down below in the comments.
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