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Why Movies Sometimes Take Years to get Produced
It took eight years
Seth Rogen first shopped the script to Sausage Party about eight years ago in 2009; the movie came out in 2016 on a budget of about 20 million and earned about 90 million in the box office. It was an success; if so then why did it take so long to be made?
The movie is an animated movie but for adults; Hollywood isn't known for going out of the norm; they tend to give the audience what they want, and it usually isn't until the audience demands different content when Hollywood begins to change. An example of this would be around the 1950's, westerns were very popular and in high demand but around the sixties, the genre started to fade away especially in the 1970's. Before that, crime noir films were popular in the 1930's to 1940's and also began to fade away. And most recent, super hero movies are popular when there was an time when zombie movies were everywhere and being made as quickly as possible; in other words, Hollywood goes with the trends, the times.
And during this time animated movies for adults was never in demand. Yes, there have been plenty that have been made, but none that were released theatrically. Family animated movies bring in tons of money. Frozen brought in about 1.5 billion dollars, Big Hero 6 brought in about 600 million, and technically Avatar brought in about 2 billion. Although to be fair Avatar was an mixture of live-action and animation. But a full on animated movie with an R rating was never heard of before.
Well...in theatres that is.
An animated movie with an R rating was heard of but not in theatres that is. As a result of this lack of demand, it made sense for the Hollywood studios Rogen shopped the script around to, denied and refused to fund the movie. They were simply afraid it wouldn't make money; it was too risky. It is a well known fact that the higher in rating an movie is, the less money it will make, although most recently there's been an change. For example, Deadpool, 50 Shades of Grey were both R rated movies and made an killing in the box office, topping over 500 million in revenue. So obviously if there's an demand, then the movie can be successful regardless of ratings. But still an animated movie? Hollywood didn't want to risk an animated movie, an genre mostly for kids and families being produced under their name-no way, so Rogen had to look else where.
This is where the movie turned independent. He found an independent, public studios to take the film after finally receiving backing from an distribution studios founded in 2011. Although there's an controversy of the way, Rogen handled the creation of the movie, the movie still was produced, and distributed through out the country. With the small budget the movie was made with, it turned out to be an success. And though it doesn't seem to be making as much money as an traditional animated movie, it still made it's return. We can now expect to see more adult animated movies in the near future.
Ghost in the Shell and K-Pop The Movie
Ghost in the Shell and K-Pop The Movie are two other movies that have one thing in common, Asian influenced stories. Ghost in the shell was first announced in 2008, and was shopped around repeatedly after the rights of the movie was brought from Japan. The movie has been produced and scheduled to be released but the main character isn't Asian. Which is creating some what of an controversy from fans.
K-Pop The Movie is in an similar boat. They first announced the project in 2013, and even had an Kickstarter which never took off. When they were approached by potential funding firms, they too were given the suggestion of changing the main characters of the script from Asian to white, in which they said no. Although Ghost in the Shell can be done with any character since race is never truly mentioned in the anime. It's only assumed she's Japanese because the location of the anime is in an cyber punk Tokyo world. However, K-Pop The Movie is literally about South Koreans and the k-pop industry. So there really is no need to 'white wash' it per se.
When creators refuse to change their vision, it takes longer
It would seem Rogen and the creators of K-Pop The Movie have something in common, their refusal to sell an script to an studios who only wants to change the original idea so as it fits into an box, so as its "safe". That's why it took so long for Sausage Party; Rogen had no interest in losing his vision and neither does K-Pop The Movie. The creators of Ghost in the Shell seemed like they wanted to fight to keep the original story and character but eventually decided to sell. Kind of like how if the creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender knew that M. Night was going to change the original character design, and story, they would have never sold it.
There's nothing wrong with color blind casting, and changing stories to fit all races, but the problem is Hollywood only does it to projects in which the characters are of color. Asians have been changed to white, blacks have been changed to whites, Latins have been changed to whites but it's not done the other way around. Regardless, it's still another way for Hollywood to keep things "safe", and stiffen creativity.
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