Jim Jarmusch has been a major player in independent films since 1984's Stranger Than Heaven. Since then, he has produced everything from hip-hop and martial arts films to vampire novels, maintaining his strong independent spirit and distinctive voice. But even he worries that artists are faced with an increasingly uninhabitable landscape.
In an interview with The Guardian to promote his new album Silver Haze, Jarmusch expressed serious concerns about the lack of viable business models for independent filmmakers.
"The movie industry is gone," Jarmusch said. "Sucks. It's gotten worse. Rights sharing deals (50/50 profit, after expenses, with sponsors) I can do with my movies… if I offered them right now, the fucking building would laugh at you."
Jarmusch has admitted that his famously uncompromising creative process is becoming increasingly incompatible with the current economic conditions in which filmmakers must work.
"I'm a control freak in the sense that I have to do things my way," Jarmusch said. "I have to choose all my employees myself. I need to do the latest version. I have to produce it through my company. And as for the people who finance the films, I let them do rough cuts for me, but I'm never contractually bound. to use them."
Despite all the external barriers he sees in the industry, the author is still working on developing another feature, one that may not have music. Although he declined to share details, he did reveal that he is in the process of finalizing the cast for the as-yet-untitled project.
"I can't talk about the details, but we are making a plan for the movie," he said. “I wrote it with the specific actors in mind that I'm trying to fight right now. Actors are like wild animals that I have to take care of somehow because they have so many things to do. So I'm trying to catch some big wildlife, hopefully I can catch them."