I can’t speak for studios, but in the indie marketplace, this fundamental shift of star power declining could be good news for producers. A solid script and a proven producer might be a bigger value to buyers than a star’s name.
Something that bigger-budget producers unknowingly take for granted is the availability of different types of financing. But any ultra low budget producer (under $2m) can tell you with frustrating familiarity that they can fit their financing structure on a postage stamp.
The gap market all but dried up last year (down from it’s ridiculous 40% three years ago.) Now, the gappetite of lenders is back up to a respectable 20% of budget (while the gappetite of producers still remains at 100%).