FILMMAKER ERIC B. FLEISCHMAN is sick of superheroes. Seriously, how many franchise films do we need? Infinity? Between the X-Men, and the Bat-men and the Captain America: Civil War-men, it’s all getting a bit repetitive.
“Hollywood studios only want to make comic book films,” says the 26-year-old producer. “Celebrity-driven franchises that check every commercial box. They’re almost guaranteed successes, but are so expensive that there’s no room left for anything else.”
It’s true: at $300MM a pop, one project obliterates a studio’s budget. So, someone who used to make eight, nine, ten movies per year can now make only two. But before you write off Hollywood entirely, take Fleischman: he doesn’t believe a film’s budget needs to rival an Enron expense account to succeed. In fact, he’s part of a counter culture that won’t make a film for more than a million.