Oscar-winning film directors James Cameron, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese joined forces with movie theater owners on Wednesday in an appeal for financial help, saying they feared for the future of their industry.
In a letter to the leaders of the US Senate and House of Representatives, he said that the coronovirus epidemic had given a devastating blow to movie theaters and that too without funding[cinemas] Cannot escape the effects of the epidemic ”.
The letter was signed by more than 70 directors and producers with the National Association of Theater Owners, the Directors Guild of America and the Motion Picture Association.
The epidemic forced the closure of American theaters in mid-March. Large chains including AMC Entertainment and Cineworld’s Regal Cinema have reopened with reduced capacity in many US cities, but not in the largest markets in Los Angeles and New York City.
Attempts to get Americans back into theaters have proved hopeless, and Hollywood studios have delayed the release of big films like Black Widow and Top Gun: Maverick to 2021.
The letter stated that 69% of small and medium-sized movie theater companies would be forced to file bankruptcy or permanently without help.
“Cinema is an essential industry that best represents American talent and creativity. But now we fear for their future, ”the letter said.
Other signatories included James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, Wonder Woman Director Patty Jenkins, and action film director-producer Michael Bay.
He called on Congress to redirect indirect funds from the coronavirus assistance package passed earlier this year, or to implement new proposals that would help theaters during the epidemic season.