We discovered earlier this week that David Lynch has been feeling a bit glum about the current state of the film industry. Inland Empire was his last major movie, now already seven years old, and Lynch isn’t sure when his next film will present itself. The surreal director has only ten feature films to his credit. It seems like an absurdly small number when considering the scope of Lynch’s influence. We talk more about his cinematic lull after the jump, along with other directors who fell out of love with film — or almost did.
He just directed a music video for Nine Inch Nails and will release his second studio album, The Big Dream, on July 15, but David Lynch doesn’t see himself making another movie in the near future. “It’s a very depressing picture. With alternative cinema — any sort of cinema that isn’t mainstream — you’re fresh out of luck in terms of getting theatre space and having people come to see it. Even if I had a big idea, the world is different now,” the filmmaker recently told The Independent. “Unfortunately, my ideas are not what you’d call commercial, and money really drives the boat these days. So I don’t know what my future is. I don’t have a clue what I’m going to be able to do in the world of cinema.” The filmmaker hasn’t ruled out television, however. “I like the idea of a continuing story,” he shared. “And television is way more interesting than cinema now. It seems like the art-house has gone to cable.”