Dakota Johnson believes Hollywood is a murky area where streaming operators don’t trust creatives
Madame Web star Dakota Johnson believes the Hollywood landscape is looking bleak as executives refuse to take risks.
Dakota Johnson gives audiences something to chew on about the inner workings of Hollywood when she’s not in the Amazon researching spiders with her mom. Talking to Officiallythe Madame Web the star opened up about the challenges of filmmaking and how executives can stifle creative minds in the streaming space. Last year, Johnson’s experience with her film Daddah she opened her eyes to several problems plaguing the film industry. The film, which also stars Sean Penn, encountered several challenges during production, highlighting the uphill battle of selling a “riskier” idea to studios.
“We did a movie called ‘Daddio’ that was sold at Telluride to Sony Classics, which was amazing, but it took a lot of fighting to do that. Johnson said. “People are so afraid, and I’m like, ‘Why? What’s going to happen if you do something brave?’ It just feels like no one knows what to do and everyone is scared. That’s how it feels. Everyone who makes decisions is afraid. They want to do the safe thing and the safe thing is very boring.”
Not afraid to mention the elephant in the room, Johnson said she is “Finding out it’s really f*cking grim in this business. It’s very disappointing.”
“The people who run streaming platforms don’t trust creative people or artists to know what’s going to work, and that’s just going to make us implode,” she continued. “It’s really heartbreaking. It’s just so f*cking hard. It’s so hard to do anything. All the stuff I’m interested in doing is very different, and it’s unique and it’s very progressive no matter what it is.”
Speaking of danger, Dakota Johnson’s Marvel movie Madame Web spins a web in theaters on Valentine’s Day, and audiences are already excited about Sony’s latest chapter in the studio’s expanding Spider-Verse. After Sony and Marvel Morbius left red in Sony’s ledger, fans of superhero cinema are less likely to give the live-action Spider-Verse the benefit of the doubt. However, Dakota Johnson says some aspects of the film have made her feel confident about the project.
“When the script came, I liked the idea that the superhero was a young woman with a very powerful mind. I loved the dynamic between her and these three young women; how they really protect and support and care for each other,” Johnson said about taking the lead at Sony and Marvel Madame Web. “And so, it looked different to me and it was much more grounded and real and refined. I just thought it was an interesting way to experience that world. “
“In a departure from the usual genre, Madame Web tells the origin story of one of Marvel publishing’s most enigmatic heroines. The suspense-driven thriller stars Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, a Manhattan paramedic with clairvoyant abilities. Desperate to confront revelations about her past, she forms relationships with three young women who are destined to be involved in powerful futures… if they can all survive a fatal gift.”
Madame Web starring Dakota Johnson as Cassandra Webb, Isabela Merced as Anya Corazon, Emma Roberts as Mary Parker, and Adam Scott as Ben Parker. Zosia Mamet, Jill Hennessy, Tahar Rahim, Celeste O’Connor, and Mike Epps appear as key cast members.
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