Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel Roger Deakins To Shoot Denis Villeneuve's 'Blade Runner' Sequel More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement More NSFW Posters For Gaspar Noe's 3D 'Love' Plus The Official Director's Statement Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Cannes: Watch A Three Way Makeout In The First Clip From Gaspar Noe’s 3D ‘Love’ Plus New NSFW Image Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Simon Pegg Worries That Adults Obsessed With Comics & Sci-Fi Have Become "Infantilized By Our Own Taste" Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro Cannes Review: Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' Starring Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin And Benicio Del Toro George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel George Miller Says He Courted Heath Ledger To Lead 'Mad Max' In 2006, Reveals Title For 'Fury Road' Sequel Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Watch: Michael Fassbender Takes The Stage In First Trailer For 'Steve Jobs' Cannes Review: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara Cannes Review: Todd Haynes' 'Carol' Starring Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea Of Trees' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe & Naomi Watts Cannes Review: Gus Van Sant's 'The Sea Of Trees' Starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe & Naomi Watts Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey Cannes Review: Woody Allen's 'Irrational Man' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone And Parker Posey Simon Pegg Reveals Daniel Craig's Role In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Simon Pegg Reveals Daniel Craig's Role In 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' Outstanding 'The Lobster' Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz & John C Reilly Cannes Review: Yorgos Lanthimos' Outstanding 'The Lobster' Starring Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz & John C Reilly Watch: Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard In The Intense First Clip For ‘Macbeth’ Watch: Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard In The Intense First Clip For ‘Macbeth’ George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like George Miller Says 'Interstellar' Came Close To What His Version Of 'Contact' Would've Been Like New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

David Lynch Not Optimistic About Making Another Movie, Says Current State Of The Industry Is "Depressing"

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist June 24, 2013 at 5:23PM

It's hard out there for a Lynch, it seems. As the waiting game for a new feature from the director inches closer to the decade mark, it doesn't seem like we'll see anything from him any time soon, at least not the on the big screen. While rumors pop up every now and then that he's got something cooking (earlier this year, word had it that he was working on a "typically dark" script), there doesn't seem to have been any real concrete movement and Lynch doesn't feel like the current system is conducive to his type of filmmaking.
47
David Lynch

It's hard out there for a Lynch, it seems. As the waiting game for a new feature from the director inches closer to the decade mark, it doesn't seem like we'll see anything from him any time soon, at least not the on the big screen. While rumors pop up every now and then that he's got something cooking (earlier this year, word had it that he was working on a "typically dark" script), there doesn't seem to have been any real concrete movement and Lynch doesn't feel like the current system is conducive to his type of filmmaking.

"It's a very depressing picture. With alternative cinema – any sort of cinema that isn't mainstream – you're fresh out of luck in terms of getting theatre space and having people come to see it. Even if I had a big idea, the world is different now," the filmmaker recently told The Independent. "Unfortunately, my ideas are not what you'd call commercial, and money really drives the boat these days. So I don't know what my future is. I don't have a clue what I'm going to be able to do in the world of cinema."

And we gotta say he's not wrong, and it's a sad picture. Even within the indie realm, it's hard to imagine who would front the money for Lynch to go make another "Inland Empire" -- it's hard to conceive of a movie like that getting made today, unless it's done wholly outside the system (see Shane Carruth's "Upstream Color"). Even then, where it would play? New York and Los Angeles? Maybe a few other major cities and then it would be shuffled off to VOD land, which doesn't seem to be the right place for someone like Lynch, where almost every element of his films are calibrated for seeing them on a big screen. While those in our comments section will undoubtedly yell out for Megan Ellison to come to the rescue, even the mega-rich producer knows she can't live on bankrolling arthouse movies. There's a reason she bought the rights and is producing "Terminator 5." 

So yeah sing a sad song for Lynch and the possibility that we might not get another movie from the man. But there's always his coffee and music career....right? But before we get too bummed out, Lynch does have a bit more hope for TV. "I like the idea of a continuing story," he said. "And television is way more interesting than cinema now. It seems like the art-house has gone to cable." Are you listening HBO, AMC etc?

This article is related to: David Lynch


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates