Nor do we owe anything to them.
So what? Really. So what? It's not like either Paramount or Disney owes the movie-going public anything by a specific date.In fact, neither of them owes us anything at all.
We don't owe them our time our attention or our hard earned dollars. We could simply take a pass on both franchises and they couldn't do a thing about it.
Seeing as how, however, they do want our money
, and seeing as how Nemesis
(and how many other failed films?) proved that not just anything will get our support, they do owe us.... ...something
. It's not a moral imperative, but an economic imperative.
And seeing as how millions of dollars, careers, and even the health studios themselves are at stake, it turns out they owe us quite a bit.
They need to keep our interest, our good will, and most importantly our hope and faith.
They are entirely free to produce a film and release it when they damn well please.
Not really. As corporations, studios have a legal responsibility to their shareholders to make money.
Studios cannot simply do anything they please, but must actively seek to turn a profit. They could not, therefore, push a release date to 2065, spend millions in development, and claim to be acting in good faith to their shareholders.
Since their legal charge and (apparent) self-interest is to maximize profit, they must, in fact, focus their efforts on the best strategies for exploiting their properties. They cannot simply do anything they please. If they did, they will not be in business for very long.
And what makes money? Making the public happy.
Turns out we matter after all.
When lobbyists finally gain enough power to force congress to pass a law requiring us to buy movie tickets, perhaps it won't matter (we already have film copyright being protected and investigated by the Dept. of Homeland Security, as if video piracy makes one a homegrown terrorist), but until then, their fates depend on our tastes.
We are entitled to like, dislike or be indifferent to whatever they release--that is the extent of our rights.
And what else do you think happens on an anonymous internet forum (the few that are left now that Reddit and Facebook are ascendant)?
We are not only entitled to like and dislike, but to speak of our likes and dislikes and to express how we feel things ought to be. There is absolutely nothing improper about this and no amount of railing about the private property of filmmakers will make it otherwise.
Our talk here is not hurting their property. It does absolutely nothing, at least not directly, to impel or impede their plans or profits. Our talk here is just talk.