Choosing to revisit “Irma Vep” in a miniseries instead of a movie is not a purely artistic decision. Assayas realized that this was the only way to produce his project. It would be “impossible” to secure funding for a cinematic re-imagining “Irma Vep,” the director told LA time. “Nobody can fund it.”
“We are in a moment of very profound transformation of whatever we call cinema,” said the director. The original film dealt with adapting the cinematic past to fit the current media landscape, but the miniseries take this theme to another level. “It wouldn’t make any sense” to make it into a series, he explained, because it wouldn’t accurately reflect how cinema has changed.
However, Assayas remains concerned about the future of cinema. “There’s very little space for ‘auteur’ or indie filmmaking in the way that things seem to be evolving right now,” he warns. “The money wasn’t there. The distribution formats weren’t there. So it was a moment of so many souls searching what cinema would be like.”
As a go-getter, he uses HBO’s series to address some of his fears about the future of filmmaking. Maybe “Irma Vep” answers some of Assayas’ own questions about the direction of cinema – for better or for worse.
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