The 87-year-old horror and science-fiction writer, cited by Stephen King as an inspiration to him, had been due to receive a Lifetime Achievement award on Wednesday. His "ironic and iconic imagination" gave Stephen Spielberg his first movie screenplay, Duel.
If too many big-budget movies fail at the box office then two-tier pricing could hit cinemas: "$25 for the next Iron Man . . . $7 to see Lincoln," said Spielberg. Niche directors were too risky for Hollywood, and cable TV stations were more adventurous than film studios.