Damien Chazelle, Director of “La La Land,” Hopes for Hollywood’s Recovery Amidst Strike and AI Revolution
– Damien Chazelle, head of the jury at the Venice Film Festival, expresses his hope that Hollywood will overcome its current crisis caused by a writers and actors strike, and believes that movies will survive the AI revolution.
– The strike has led to major productions being shut down and delayed releases, preventing stars such as Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone from attending their premieres in Venice.
Damien Chazelle, director of critically acclaimed films like “La La Land” and “Babylon,” is optimistic about Hollywood’s recovery amidst a writers and actors strike that has brought the industry to a standstill. He acknowledges that the strike is a result of necessary concerns over pay and the potential impact of AI technology. Chazelle hopes that this crisis will lead to positive changes in the industry. However, he expresses sadness that it had to come to this point. The strike has caused significant disruptions, with massive productions like “Gladiator” and “Mission: Impossible” sequels being shut down, and releases like “Dune 2” being delayed until March. As a result of the strike, stars such as Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone are unable to attend their premieres in Venice due to restrictions on publicity work.
Chazelle also addresses concerns about the AI revolution and its potential impact on cinema. While he understands the anxiety surrounding AI technology, which some fear may lead to computer-generated actors and scripts replacing humans, he believes that some of these fears may be overblown. He emphasizes the importance of understanding how AI will be used in the film industry but does not think it will fundamentally change the art of cinema. Chazelle compares the technological change brought by AI to other major shifts like the internet or radio, stating that while it will overturn many things, the art of cinema will ultimately survive.
In light of the ongoing strike, Chazelle jokingly mentions that he would consider making a movie in France if Hollywood remains blocked. However, he adds that strikes are not unique to Hollywood and also occur in France. As the head of the jury at the Venice Film Festival, Chazelle and his team will be judging a selection of 23 films, including entries from esteemed directors such as Michael Mann, Sofia Coppola, and Pablo Larrain of “Jackie” fame. When asked about his approach to leading the jury, Chazelle humorously remarks that he has not yet earned the right to be a tyrant and will instead maintain a democratic approach.