American Ultra Writer Goes on Twitter Rant After Movie Flops

"Are original ideas over?"


Last weekend's box office chart was notable for the disappointing performance of the three new releases, none of which could unseat Straight Outta Compton or Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation from the top slots. Finishing in sixth place behind The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the largely panned Hitman: Agent 47 and Sinister 2, was the one original movie on the chart, the action comedy American Ultra. Now, the film's screenwriter, Max Landis, has gone a multi-tweet rant about the state of Hollywood, and how hard it is for a non-sequel, remake, or reboot to find an audience.

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As Landis explains, his film received decent reviews and had two notable stars (Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg), but it was beaten by three sequels, an old TV show reboot, and a biopic, finishing the weekend with a gross of just $5.5 million. Over multiple tweets, the writer--son of Blues Brothers and Animal House director John Landis--questioned whether there was still an audience for entirely original subject matter.

"It seems the reviews didn't even matter, the MOVIE didn't matter." Landis said. "Are original ideas over? I wanted to pose this to the public, because I feel, put lightly, confused. I feel like I learned a lesson, here, but have no idea what it is."

Landis subsequently apologised that his tweets had been widely perceived as overly negative, but did stress that he was "all about passion for stories and honesty in my industry."

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