Lucas and Spielberg discuss the future of movies at USC

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George Lucas and Steve Spielberg sat down at the University of Southern California to discuss the future of the entertainment industry and movies. Their outlook for the future is something much different than to what we are used to now.

The pair said that in a world where we have an overload of options, the Internet will become the dominant way of viewing cable television. Movies will become more like sporting events or Broadway plays, costing extravagantly more than ticket prices today. There will be a complete shift in the way movies are made and marketed — leaning toward more conservative films that are sure to bring in big bucks instead of  “interesting, deeply personal projects.” Spielberg even goes to say that movies will be available in homes on the same day that they are released in theaters.

While they suggest the movie industry is heading toward a cliff, they say that this change will spur newfound creativity and that we will eventually bounce back.

“But out of that chaos will come some really amazing things. And right now there are amazing opportunities for young people coming into the industry to say, ‘Hey, I think I’m going to do this and there’s nobody to stop me,'” Lucas was quoted in an article by Bryan Bishop on The Verge. “It’s because all the gatekeepers have been killed!”

As journalists, we think of ourselves as the gatekeepers of news. But in the movie industry, gatekeepers are the people who decide what goes into production and what doesn’t. Sometimes this method filters out abundant amounts of creativity. If the movie industry does bounce back, will there be new gatekeepers to decide what movies will be shown nationwide? If we do see a new set of gatekeepers to Hollywood, I hope to see a drastic change in the selection of movies that are presented to the public.

Today, there are too many generic action movies that follow the same plot. It’s almost as if the movie industry has hit a speed bump for producing quality and compelling movies. Yes, there are still a few directors and producers that know what they’re doing, but for the most part I feel like Hollywood is in a slump when it comes to storytelling.

When it comes to reading, it doesn’t take too much effort or digging to find well-written and gripping article or piece of literature. That’s why I think that reading will always supersede movies. “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather” and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy were all books before they were movies. It might be a good idea to let our creative writers be the new gatekeepers of Hollywood instead of the business executives.

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