Jordan Peele, Universal’s Donna Langley Weigh In on Marvel Debate

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Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Allison Crist on November 6, 2019.

Jordan Peele and Universal Filmed Entertainment Group chairman Donna Langley are the latest Hollywood figures to lend their voices to the ongoing conversation about what constitutes cinema, which was sparked by Martin Scorsese’s insistence that Marvel films do not and instead more closely resemble theme parks.

“I’m not particularly engaged in the ‘What is cinema, what isn’t cinema?’ conversation,” Peele said Wednesday in response to a moderator’s question about the debate at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York City. “My definition of film and what my movie experience is, is movies that you can go and have a theatrical experience, a shared experience with the audience [and] go through emotions: cheers, tears, laughs.”

The actor and filmmaker continued: “Those are the movies I’m trying to make, quite frankly. I’m very focused on something that you need to go out to the theater to see while it’s out there because it’s something different.”

The problem with this desire for a shared experience, Peele explained, is the availability for non-blockbuster films at theaters, along with a lack of theaters themselves.  …

THR 11/6

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