Big Franchises

Visionaries vs. Incompetents

“At this point, when work writing and directing big franchises has become the emotionally loaded equivalent of writing a new chapter of The Bible (with the probable danger of being stoned and called a blasphemer), then a lot of bolder minds [are] gonna leave these films [to] hacks & corporate boards.

Discussions of ‘canon’ would be more fruitful if A) Folks didn’t assume anyone who disagrees is evil/incompetent and B) There was recognition that rules of dramatic narrative demand something happened to characters since you saw them last, that is, they can’t be in same place you left them.”
— James Mangold.