Is theatrical cinema doomed to disappear? A dark thought that Denis Villeneuve and James Cameron do not share even if the latter is nevertheless ready to embrace streaming. Explanations.
While streaming is becoming more and more important in the lives of spectators, many moviegoers are still very attached to the cinema experience. Among them, a certain Denis Villeneuve who during a conversation with James Cameron for Variety assured:
“I am very optimistic. I think the theatrical experience will prevail. I think we need that kind of massive, immersive, physical experience – the sound, with the Atmos or IMAX system, becomes physical. It is something that cannot be reproduced at home.“And to continue:
There is nothing more powerful than sharing an emotion together in a movie theater. I think as humans we need that kind of connection. I think we are not meant to be isolated. So I am optimistic. I hope that the language of cinema will not be too similar to that of television.
Two durations for the same film
The director of Dune then asked the director of Titanic if the evolution of consumption patterns for films scared him. To which James Cameron replied: “I am not afraid. I like the change. I am a child of the 60s. I like it when things are chaotic. I think what we can see is an expanded form of cinema.“
The man behind some of the greatest hits in the history of the 7th Art concluded by giving some hints of what he would like to do in the future:
I want to make a film that lasts six and two and a half hours at the same time. The same movie. You can stream it for six hours, or you can go to the movies for a more condensed, roller coaster, and immersive version of the experience.
And to add: “The same movie. Right, one is the novel, and the other the film. Why not ? Let’s use these platforms in a way that has never been done before.“It remains to be seen if James Cameron will really attempt such an adventure in the future, he who is already well occupied by the four sequels of Avatar!
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