The bloat of Les Miserables, Lincoln and Django made me long for the days of the old studio bosses. And that took some doing since in their world, I would never have been able to write a script or call action.
Today’s screenwriting world looks a lot different. There are too many well trained people who have a terrific grasp of craft, with too little to say, chasing too few opportunities.
The scripts that those writers write, turn into too many movies that not enough people want to see.
Adult drama seems to have found at least a temporary home on cable. Innovative comedy lives on the web.
But what about putting some excellence back into commercial work? Of every stripe. Despite the excellence of YA fiction, there is some television and movie work for kids and teens that is so insulting, so condescending that it is cringe worthy.
Commercial screenwriters need to embrace a Brill Building momentum where they unashamedly give everything they’ve got to write well-crafted screenplays that entertain, rather than just pander. And we need to do it soon, before movies go the path of opera.