Hollywood Planning New Era of Political Movies Thanks to the Rise of Trump 11/2/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

A Whittle Bit of Commentary with Chad Whittle

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Just what we need from Hollywood: more politics! Marketwatch reports that there are a lot of politically theme movies heading to the big screen in the next couple of months.

I believe we all know the reason why, I mean, do I even have to mention his name?

Yes, of course it’s because of Trump. Hollywood is having a Trump boom.

The producers are hoping their movies will be politically relevant, so we know what the means.

One movie is gonna be about Dick Cheney directed by Adam McKay of Will Ferrell movie fame, so I’m sure that’ll present Dick Cheney as an idiot, and another is about Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick, so that could be interesting depending on how they spin it.

Historically, political movies aren’t blockbusters.

Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” made $182 million, “All the President’s Men” napped $70 million, but recent movies including the movie on George W. Bush made just $25 million and “Frost/Nixon” made only $18 million, so no Marvel size billion dollar epics.

It’s not really surprising that political movies, especially recent ones have not done well, because most people know the politicians are probably not gonna be depicted fairly, and on top of that, in our 24 hour news cycle we live, we hear politics all the time. Who wants to go pay watch a movie for 2 hours about it? There’s enough of it online and on air for free.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Background Material:

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-trump-has-influenced-the-new-boom-in-political-genre-movies-in-hollywood-2017-10-31

 

Posted on November 1, 2017 .