Steve McQueen: 'Ozark' is a 'Breaking Bad' rip-off; says cinema is superior to television.

Steve McQueen'Widows' film premiere, Chicago, USA - 13 Oct 2018

It is thrilling to see all these great directors make the switch from movies to TV. Legendary directors such as Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, David Fincher, Woody Allen, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Todd Haynes, Joel Coen and Ridley Scott are all giving us their own serialized statements on the small-screen, but don't expect Steve McQueen to make the jump any time soon.


McQueen told IndieWire“Writing is one thing, [but] I don’t think TV does what cinema can do. I just don’t think that that’s possible,” he said. “This is not to sort of say one is better than the other, but I know what I prefer. I prefer cinema. Silence is a very, very big factor. Scope is another factor, which is more familiar to me, as far as being a human being is concerned. We don’t talk all the time. We think a lot as well.”

He then goes on to criticize a very popular Netflix show, the Jason Bateman-Laura Linney crime drama "Ozark." “[It must be] like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to watch this?'” he said. “When you get ‘Breaking Bad,’ it’s amazing, but then you get ‘Ozark,’ which is a rip-off of that. […] It’s unfortunate, right now, there’s so much money, and so little ideas. The problem is when you have no money, you’ve got to think.”