Director James Gray Wants Studios to Take Chances on Specialty Films

This post is by Jason Hellerman from No Film School

Studios should be open to catering to other audiences.

James Gray is the director of movies like The Lost City of Z, Ad Astra, and the upcoming Armageddon Time. He’s found a way to make movies he deeply cares about in Hollywood. But in a recent interview with Deadline, he pointed out that it seems like studios have stopped caring about smaller movies and taking chances. They’re forgetting that there are audiences for other titles outside of tentpoles.

Gray wants studios to take chances on smaller films

Gray is directly protective of the theatrical experience, and as you can see in the above video, he only wants studios to take more chances, not alter the way business is done. He said, “I think the theatrical is essential. If you look at the streaming movies that do the best they are the movies that come out in theaters first. That should tell you something.”

We’re in a weird time where huge corporations are taking over parent companies that control studios, and those places are not buying into the art part of the “art and commerce” handshake that is filmmaking.

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