Having Run Out of Cultural Intellectual Property to Mine, Studios Turn Their Gaze Elsewhere

The future of cinema is waiting in the patent office

Jeff King
Jane Austen’s Wastebasket
3 min readApr 15, 2024

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A film director on set tells her crew to “Pull in nice and close on those patent claims! And… action!!!” The crew is filming a tall filing cabinet stuffed with patents.
Image created in Canva. Film set photo by Alexander Dummer on Unsplash.

A prominent studio is pursuing a bold, new vision for content development, having exhausted their existing sources in an endless stream of reboots, mashups, and remixes. I spoke to the executive in charge.

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Jeff King
Jane Austen’s Wastebasket

Jeff's writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Johnny America, Jane Austen's Wastepaper Basket, MuddyUm, Slackjaw, and elsewhere. For more, visit jeffiswriting.ca.