Elizabeth Banks has found it “liberating” that streaming services have changed the way movies are being made.
The actress and director is at the helm of the new Charlie’s Angels film, and spoke to The New York Times about how Hollywood has changed in recent years. Asked if she always considers whether a project should be released theatrically or streamed, Elizabeth replied: “We’re all storytellers, and we all want to get the most eyeballs on the story.
“We’re constantly asking ourselves what we think the best home is for the content, and it’s also been sort of liberating to feel like you can get a piece of material that you think is going to be a huge movie, and then two years into developing it you realize, ‘You know what? We should break this up into six episodes and make it a limited series!’ That’s actually an option now.”
Several key players in Hollywood have been divided as to the benefit of streaming to the industry – with Steven Spielberg among those standing strong for the theatrical experience over watching movies in the comfort of one’s own home.
As for whether or not films of certain genres will continue coming out in cinemas, Elizabeth mused: “I do believe the theatrical experience is going to be more and more event-ised for major studios, but for someone like me who grew up on romantic comedies, watching them come back on streamers has been really gratifying.”
“People actually like this stuff that the studios stopped giving them, and the streamers picked up the slack. So that’s one example of how streamers can make these sorts of midrange movies that the big corporate studios are not as interested in putting out theatrically.”