Author Chris Fix slips in to give us his take on Hollywood and big media’s love affair with fantasy films/TV, and the genre’s untimely decline.
Hollywood and big media have always had a love affair with fantasy films. From ancient myths and legends to modern-day blockbuster franchises, these fantastical stories have captured the imagination of audiences for centuries. But in recent years, it seems that this love affair may be coming to an end.
It’s not hard to see why Hollywood was initially drawn to fantasy films. They offer endless possibilities for world-building, magic, and action. Plus, with the rise of CGI and special effects, filmmakers could bring these fantastical worlds to life in a way that was previously unimaginable. But as with any love affair, there are always ups and downs.
One of the main issues with fantasy films is that they can be expensive to produce. With elaborate sets, special effects, and often large casts, these films can rack up huge budgets. And if the film doesn’t perform well at the box office or with audiences, it can be a financial disaster.
In addition to the financial risks, fantasy films can also be difficult to get right. It’s not uncommon for filmmakers to try to cram too much into a single film, resulting in a cluttered and confusing storyline. And while a well-developed fantasy world can be a joy to watch, a poorly-developed one can be a major turn-off for audiences.
But perhaps the biggest issue with fantasy films is that they may be becoming oversaturated. With so many fantasy franchises and films being released, it can be difficult for any one film to stand out. And with so much competition, it can be tough for filmmakers to capture the attention of audiences.
Despite all of these challenges, it’s important to remember that fantasy films have been a part of Hollywood for a long time and will likely continue to be so. But as with any love affair, it’s important for Hollywood to remember that quality is key. If filmmakers can find a way to balance the financial risks with compelling stories and well-developed worlds, the love affair with fantasy films may yet continue for many years to come.