Hollywood Missed Out on Taylor Swift’s New Film, Claims Christopher Nolan
The Oppenheimer director says Hollywood studios wasted the opportunity to showcase Taylor Swift’s concert film ‘The Eras Tour’, as she has directly distributed it through AMC theatres. By: Dylan Low
During a previous dialogue at a City University of New York event, the popular filmmaker has acknowledged how the American celebrity avoided studios and streamers to work directly with AMC theatres to showcase her movie on the big screen.
He was accompanied by his wife Emma Thomas, who was also his Oppenheimer producing partner. He states that studios have been on edge in releasing films in the current streaming era.
“Taylor Swift is about to show the studios, because her concert film is not being distributed by the studios, it’s being distributed by a theatre owner, AMC, and it’s going to make an enormous amount of money,” Nolan stated. “And this is the thing, this is a format, this is a way of seeing things and sharing stories, or sharing experiences, that’s incredibly valuable. And if they don’t want it, somebody else will. So that’s just the truth of it.”
Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour has continued to set records, making up to $92.8 million domestically and $123.5 million internationally during the October 13th to 15th weekend. It has also made their name to be the top-grossing concert film of all time and the second biggest October domestic debut, barring inflation.
As for his own trending breakout film Oppenheimer, which debuted on the same record-breaking box office weekend as Barbie, Nolan has made his stance on the ever-changing theatrical business and its future direction.
“Any time a film succeeds that isn’t expected to succeed, it’s an encouraging thing for Hollywood … It’s encouraging for filmmakers,” Nolan clarified. “There’s always the tension in Hollywood between the familiar and what is predicted to make money, and that’s the meat and potatoes of how the studios stay in business, but there’s always this desire [among] audiences for something new, something fresh.”
He further mentioned, “Any time a film that isn’t expected to succeed, and we vastly exceeded our highest expectations for the project [Oppenheimer], it’s encouraging everyone, it’s encouraging for the studios and the filmmakers. That tension, that reality … between commerce and art, that formula never changes in Hollywood, because it’s just a reality of the industrial process. Films are very expensive to make.”
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