February 24, 2020

Predictable Pop Culture

“Even a casual observer of the entertainment industry knows that Hollywood is hooked on established intellectual property at the expense of original ideas and awash in more money than it knows how to sensibly spend. But three stories about the business of pop culture that broke this week illustrate just how dull American entertainment has become and how hard it is for even the most brilliant creators or innovative companies to escape the undertow.

Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Lana Wachowski would return to write and direct a fourth installment in The Matrix franchise and that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss would return as Neo and Trinity, despite their characters’ seeming deaths in “The Matrix Revolutions.”

That news came immediately after reports that because Sony and Marvel had been unable to agree on financial terms for their partnership, Marvel will not be involved in future Spider-Man movies. Peter Parker, currently played by Tom Holland, will likely vanish from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

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