Zack Snyder says ‘Euphoria’ would ‘never be made’ as a film

“I watch that show and I’m like, ‘This movie would never get made; this movie can’t exist,” Snyder said of the “arthouse”-like viral shows.

Zack Snyder is looking to TV for the future of film.

The “Batman v Superman” director praised the current age of television, citing HBO’s viral series “Euphoria” and Netflix’s Korean hit “Squid Game” as beacons of cinematic innovation.

“I think we’re living in a real golden age of TV, in the sense that TV shows are much better at showing you something you’ve never seen before, or throwing you off balance, or doing a twist you haven’t seen. ” Snyder said on Anthony and Joe Russo’s new “Pizza Film School” podcast.

Snyder continued, “They’re much more risky. “Euphoria”, for example, I just watched the show (and) it’s just incredible. This show shouldn’t exist; but good. And that’s the kind of thing that I watch on the show and I’m like, “This movie would never get made; this movie can’t exist.”

The Army of the Dead helm added: “You can imagine ‘Squid Game’ coming here as a movie; it would be an art house (film), maybe. ‘Euphoria’ and ‘Squid Game’ take you to places where you have no idea where you’re going or what’s going on, and I think that’s what people want.”

Joe Russo admitted that TV is very “different” in terms of emotional attachment to characters.

“You put more time into it, you have more investment, and when that character leaves, you feel it because of the investment,” Russo said, adding to Snyder, “Why do you think you say TV is a golden age is that format-wise disturbing. That’s 10 hours of content; that’s eight hours of content. You get a different emotional impact if you kill off a character for five hours into a ten-hour story because you’ve spent five hours with that character versus one hour.”

Russo has previously addressed the streaming vs. theatrical distribution debate, crediting Netflix with providing a home platform to combat the “elitist perception” that theaters are supreme. So the lines between TV and film blur a little more.

“To us, it’s fucking bananas if there’s some kind of culture war going on about whether or not there’s value in it,” Russo said in July 2022. “We are shipping agnostic. You know what makes everyone happy is that Netflix is ​​starting 45 day windows and they have a huge digital distribution platform. Everyone wins. It feels like where it’s going.”


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