Sony Pictures TV is bringing together one of the biggest movie stars, Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Lucy, Her), and the work of one of the most celebrated American novelists, the Pulitzer Prize winner Edith Wharton (The Age Of Innocence)
I’ll be perfectly frank: 8 hours of Edith Wharton is far into “my eyes glaze over” territory. On the other hand, Scarlett Johansson:
So, I’m torn. (BTW, she was delightful in Lost in Translation. Thanks to winstoninabox for pushing me to see the movie. Club scene is the best.) But what’s most important…
But what’s second most important is the sight of so many movie stars jumping back to TV. It used to be the movie career death ghetto, but now it’s the hot spot for challenging and complex material. (I mean real challenges, not SJW preaching trying to pass for “challenging”.)
True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woodie Harrelson, for example. Brilliant, complex, layered, and very captivating.
With smaller budgets and smaller audiences, and hence smaller stakes, TV is the place real writers and real dramas can thrive. And it’s a beautiful thing.
If not quite as beautiful as Ms. Johansson.