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But no one producing this movie is *depending* on a "young filmgoer" audience
Posted by: Chazwaza 05:02 pm EDT 04/15/21
In reply to: re: Why isn't 'the money rolling in from every side'? - Jax 05:17 pm EDT 04/14/21

Not all films plan their funding and release on the expectation of "younger film goers". Many movies do, many do not. If they did there would be a ton of movies that don't get made. People who are 30 and over, and many gays below 30 too, are very aware of who Close is and consider her a draw for a film.

I think there's is a notable appeal for the audiences in question for a Close vehicle that is also a musical. Which she already won a Tony for and did two runs of on Broadway.

I don't disagree that she has aged out of the musical. But I also do think there's a version of Norma who is in her late 60s or 70s, rather than 50s.

They keep casting Gypsy with a 55-65 year old Rose. They cast Follies older and older to communicate "age", where they were written to be 50. But age isn't now what it was then, especially with actors, and 50 in 2021 isn't what 50 was in 1970. You get the point. I don't think there's anything in the text of Sunset Boulevard that makes her being 60s/70s inconceivable or makes the plot and emotions not work. Perhaps some will say it makes it even more interesting.

But the real point is that movies don't all target the same audiences... the lack of interest of awareness from an audience that wouldn't be the audience targeted for this movie with this star is not really of much concern for the producers. If anything they hope that audience will get on board, but the funding of the movie, if it's based on audience potential knowable from the outset, will be in the hands from 30-80 years, and mainly women and gay men... if they think the numbers are there for the budget they can do it for (surely it will be done for the minimum it can be done for, which is still going to be a lot)... then it'll get made. If not, then it won't.
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