Tom Hanks has been one of the biggest movie stars on the planet for as long as most of us have been alive. He’s won Oscars, grossed billions at the box office, and worked with all the best directors (he’s even directed himself). Basically, he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to movies, and in a new interview, Hanks said he believes movie theatres will survive after covid-19, and it’ll be Marvel that saves them. Marvel and other big tentpole franchises, to be exact.
“Big event motion pictures are going to rule the day at the cinemas,” Hanks said speaking to Collider about his latest film. “News of the World [Hanks’ new movie] might be the last adult movie about people saying interesting things that’s going to play on a big screen somewhere because after this, in order to guarantee that people show up again, we’re going to have the Marvel Universe and all sorts of franchises. Some of those movies are great and you want to see them writ large because watching it at home on your couch might diminish them somewhere, somehow, in their visual punch. But the sea change that was rought by Covid-19 has been a slow train coming.”
Hanks believes movie theatres basically began to inch toward seismic change as far back as the popularity of VHS. PVOD was another step and now he thinks theatres being closed most of the year for a pandemic is just the latest step in a change that’s been inevitable.
“[After Covid-19] I think there will be an awful lot of movies that will only be streamed and it will be fine to see them that way because they’ll be built and made and constructed for someones’ pretty good widescreen tv at home,” Hanks added. “And there will be other movies that are going to be playing in that window and people will, in fact, flock to them in order to see them on the big screen while they have the chance. But without a doubt we are into the big curve of change.”
Unfortunately, the question if Hanks would appear in one of those movies he thinks will save theatres didn’t come up. But I, for one, would love to see him as the big bad guy in a Marvel comic book movie. Not just Geppetto for Disney+.
Hanks’ News of the World, a Western drama, releases in cinemas January 14, 2021.
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