Steven Spielberg quoted the successful Korean drama Netflix Squid game as a game changer for the industry. Spielberg was among the producers nominated for the PGA Zanuck Awards, speaking Saturday morning at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles.
“Squid game it comes and completely changes math for all of us, ”said Spielberg. “Thank you, Ted [Sarandos]. ”
Spielberg pointed to the Netflix CEO, who was sitting in public. His Squid game the comment came during a discussion about the importance of movie stars in casting. Spielberg noted the cyclical nature of the stellar system, attributing to the streaming world that it allowed unknown actors to anchor series.
“Long ago, it was the local stars who brought the audience to the movies,” Spielberg said. “Today, it’s interesting, strangers can play the whole miniseries, they can be in movies.”
Spielberg, nominated for production this year Western story, He added that the international market still needs well-known celebrities. Squid gamereleased on Netflix in 2021, it has generated a wave of interest in Korean dramas and their stars.
It was still on the panel Being Ricardoi producer Todd Black. Although her film stars Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, Black, a well-known star, could support a lesser-known ensemble.
“What’s interesting is that you can combine and match them,” Black said. “It’s really wonderful to be able to say, ‘Okay, I’ll have a star in a smaller role. I will have a stranger in the lead role. ‘”
Black also produces the Apple TV + series servant – which stars Harry PotterRupert Grint, Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbel – and Peacock Dr. Death who played Joshua Jackson, Christian Slater and Alec Baldwin.
“Now, you can go to the streaming service or the studio and say, ‘Okay, okay, I’ll get the name I play for three days in this role, but I’ll go with a total unknown.’ said Black. “Nine times out of 10, if the script is good enough and the budget is small enough, you can do it.”
Spielberg agreed that getting a big star could help sell a studio or streamer with a less orthodox casting.
“They need an anchor,” Spielberg said. “If there is an anchor they are familiar with, you can surround them with lesser-known faces.
The panel also included CODA producer Philippe Rousselet, Dune producer Mary Parent, King Richard producer Tim White, Licorice pizza producer Sara Murphy, bif, bif … BOOM! Producer Julie Oh, and The power of the dog producer Tanya Sighatchian in person. Don’t look up producer Kevin Messick and Belfast producer / director Kenneth Branagh appeared through Zoom.
Murphy said writer / director Paul Thomas Anderson wrote Licorice pizza with Alana Ham in mind. He directed Haim’s music videos. Murphy said he tried to persuade him to give up the cast of Cooper Hoffman until he could deny it.
“They’ve heard a lot of kids play Gary,” Murphy said. “It was funny because it was originally written to be quite young. Alana did chemistry readings with the children and nothing was going well. It was kind of weird. Paul took Cooper’s idea and avoided it and avoided it. “
Murphy said that when Anderson asked Hoffman to read lines with Haim, the chemistry they developed led him to give Hoffman the role.
CODA, which stars deaf actors Marlee Matlin, Troy Kotsur and Daniel Durant. Rousselet said it was important to cast authentic actors in the story of a deaf family with a hearing child (Emilia Jones). Rousselet said keeping the budget low allowed them to distribute these actors.
“We decided to make the film as authentic as possible,” said Rousselet. “It meant filming with deaf actors, it meant filming in an area of the country where it’s not easy to shoot in Massachusetts. Basically, it was a very challenging process for all of us, but what a result. ”
The Producers Guild of America Awards are tonight.