Things the movie industry will regret in 20 years
All is not well in Tinseltown. While box office receipts are up, there are still some disturbing trends caused by bad habits and a fear of risk on the part of major movie studios.
You need only look at the summer of 2016—when tentpole franchise extensions that seemed like surefire bets underperformed, and the buzz was around Stranger Things, an original Netflix series that harkened back to the glory days of Hollywood in the '80s—to see the downside of the big studios' focus on established brands over original ideas. And thanks to their stubborn refusal to adopt streaming services and some disturbingly backward-thinking casting trends, movie studios seem dangerously behind the times. If Hollywood ever does recover from its current state, it's going to look back at today and cringe.