LOS ANGELES - Brandon Tartikoff, chairman of Paramount Pictures Corp., said Wednesday that the dismal financial showing of the studio's latest releases, "Frankie and Johnny" and "The Butcher's Wife," has led to a fundamental reassessment of the kinds of the films he will make as he solidifies control of one of Hollywood's most powerful studios.
Instead of movies intended for an older audience, Tartikoff said he planned to make films that appeal to younger audiences, who comprise the bulk of moviegoers today.
He cited movies with music, like "Saturday Night Fever" and "Footloose," which were major success that drew huge young audiences.
"Paramount has a successful tradition of being the studio known for the modern-day musical," he said in a surprisingly frank telephone interview. "You can almost call 'Top Gun' a musical, too. It had a wall-to-wall soundtrack of music and action. Paramount owns the modern-day musical crowd, just as Disney owns the animation crowd."