Ridley Scott’s latest epic, The Last Duel, flopped hard when it released exclusively in theaters in late October, earning only $27 million worldwide on a $100 million budget. Scott has now aired his grievances with The Hollywood Reporter, telling the publication what he thinks was the reason for the film’s horrible box office performance: millennials. According to the director behind Alien, Blade Runner, and other iconic films, millennials don’t appreciate theatrical experiences anymore because they’re too glued to their smartphones.
“I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f*cking cellphones,” Scott said. “The millennian [sic] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you’re told it on a cellphone.”
“This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook,” Scott added. “This is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”
Distributed by 20th Century Studios, The Last Duel is a historical drama that centers on a knight and squire in medieval France who get into a fight after the latter is accused of raping the former’s wife. It stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver (Damon and Affleck also helped write the screenplay).
Source: The Hollywood Reporter