Started by Spike, August 10, 2003, 04:43:01 AM
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Quote from: Terry ZwigoffIt's been very difficult for all filmmakers trying to make small- or medium-budget movies. It started in 2007 — the housing bubble, the subprime mortgage crisis. The Hollywood business model shifted. They weren't interested in making a modest amount of money, like $10 million. They wanted to make a billion.So you can shoot your movie on your iPhone, or you can be one of the 10 guys making a Marvel film. I don't have any interest in that, nor would I know how to do it. But what have I been doing? Am I pacing the house? Waiting for the mail? I've taken on whatever writing or development jobs I can that allow me to stay in San Francisco.For instance, I was contacted by Johnny Depp, who was interested in adapting a book called 'Happy Life.' It was about a guy who visits an old folks' home and falls in love with an older woman. I saw it as an opportunity to write for Jeanne Moreau. I worked on it with Jerry Stahl. We met in L.A. at Depp's suggestion, and we both were like, "I don't know about this — but gee, it's a lot of money, okay."There was another project called 'The $40,000 Man' all set up at New Line, and then [sighs] they had a regime change once I turned my script in. Then I had a deal to adapt a book by Elmore Leonard. I was sent it by his granddaughter. This was around 2010; the book was called 'Maximum Bob'....We had the deal, we had financing, we started adapting. Then we get a call: "Hang on, we just found out there was a short-lived TV show, and we can't separate the rights." [Laughs.]Then there was something called 'Edward Ford' [written by Lem Dobbs], something of a legendary script. It had the reputation of being the greatest script ever, which I don't quite agree with, but I liked it very much. We had Michael Shannon attached to play the lead, then the money fell through. But it was such an uncommercial script, I sorta attached myself to it knowing it would never be made.