Tag Archives: Neil Turitz
The embattled filmmaker is at a career crossroads following Justice League‘s disappointing opening weekend, making his next movie that much more important in the eyes of the industry.
“Podcasts are sort of perfect for TV adaptations, since they have set story structures, they’re often serialized, and they come with a built-in audience, which is exactly what IP-hungry networks are looking for,” writes Neil Turitz.
It’s unclear how much money the network spent on its Twin Peaks sequel, but whatever the figure was, it doesn’t appear to have been a great investment. The 18-part series was hardly watched at all, averaging less than 300,000 viewers per episode.
“I really like the idea of giving a single, skilled filmmaker the opportunity to oversee a story of this scale. It almost feels like a television-inspired take on things, but on the big screen it’s downright revolutionary, and it gives me hope that this could become an industry-wide trend,” writes Neil Turitz.
“Universal needs to do whatever it takes to keep Bill Condon onboard to direct Bride of Frankenstein and take the time to get the script right before moving forward with someone like Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson or Emma Stone in the title role,” writes Neil Turitz.
With both Veep and Game of Thrones, coming to a close, there are a few projects that could potentially fill the void — chief among them, the third season of True Detective starring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali.
Thanks to his friendship with Australian billionaire James Packer, Ratner shifted from Hack Director into Big Time Producer over the past decade, but now his legacy hangs in the balance along with a $450 million co-financing deal.
In addition to antagonizing theater owners with a lopsided split of ticket sales, the company has banned the Los Angeles Times from screenings.
YouTube has made it clear that it is trying to emulate Amazon’s success on the film side and that it intends to challenge Netflix on the TV side.
When M&Ms manufacturer Mars turned down Steven Spielberg’s “E.T.,” the Hershey Company stepped in to make movie history with Reese’s Pieces
Are studios wasting money on talent like Michael Fassbender when they’re guaranteed to get audiences with popular IPs?
“What to say about Hulu? Seriously, I’m asking, because it’s not entirely clear that the streaming service itself knows what it wants to be,” writes Neil Turitz.
It’s clear that external forces are affecting the decision-making process of those who decide which films get made and which do not. Some things are scarier to those in charge than others, but are these executives being too sensitive about the wrong things?
Neil Turitz takes a deep look at where the start of Oscar season using only six words.
When it comes to Amazon Studios, it really is a tale of two cities. On the film side, things are pretty good, but with TV, Amazon has been trying like hell to establish itself and somehow seems to keep slipping.
There have been numerous scandals in Tinseltown that have damaged careers, but there’s a basic tenet as to why some are able to return to glory and others, like Harvey Weinstein, cannot.
For years, conversations surrounding the use of sexual assault and rape in film and television have been building. Will the recent events surrounding Harvey Weinstein and others finally force storytellers to make a change?
Netflix has over 100 million subscribers now and, in spite of the billions of dollars it brings in through subscriptions, it continues to borrow billions more to keep churning out that content. How long can the business model hold?
While Blade Runner 2049 won raves from critics, the film underperformed in its opening weekend. As studios are determined to stick with franchises, here are seven sequels that could succeed in continuing their original stories and wooing audiences.
Is planning so far in advance for franchise release dates ultimately hurting studio films? Neil Turitz takes a look at the tentpole movies from Universal, Marvel, and DC that are driving Hollywood’s future.
The CW has created a business model unlike any of the major networks with a combination of actioners from Greg Berlanti, genre YA series, and a few light-hearted dramas for its long-time viewers.
With the actor’s latest, American Made, disappointing at the box office, it might be signaling “the requiem for the Movie Star,” according to Neil Turitz, but he offers some hope on how Cruise can come out of this freefall.
Neil Turitz takes a moment to look on the bright side of a tough year to see what the industry got right.
Fox may be drawing younger demographics but the network is still struggling to find a new hit.
Hell may hath no fury like a woman scorned, but a producer scorned clearly comes a close second.
Neil Turitz is glad Jamie Lee Curtis and Linda Hamilton have been cast in high-profile movies, but thinks it be far more interesting if they each fronted something new, something that could accentuate their respective strengths without necessarily revisiting frequently trod paths.
While ABC came in a close second to NBC last season in the prime demo rankings, without any sports programming to speak of, they also finished a distant third place in total viewers, with 6.2 million per show, losing nine percent of their audience from the year before.
“Getting older means you realize you can’t waste a minute. Harry Dean knew that since he was 13 years old, and he never wasted a single second,” said John Carroll Lynch.
Plenty of people are outside the prime demo of 18-49 and they not only watch a lot of television and see a lot of movies, they also spend a fair amount of money. But apparently, that money is of no interest to networks and advertisers.