At this point, it’s not like we needed outside confirmation of how much Fox sucks – just watch a clip from Dragonball. Still, it’s nice to hear it from a prominent director with perspective on the other side of a Fox production.
‘I’ve warned people off,’ from working with the studio, Proyas said.
While making I, Robot, Proyas dealt with lots of interference, but found that while the orders came from Tom Rothman, the studio head wouldn’t bring the message himself. According to Proyas, Rothman sent his ‘evil minions to do his bidding.’ Among other things, the studio head asked the director of Dark City, the man who was adapting a classic Isaac Asimov science fiction story into a film, ‘we needed to inject more jokes in the movie; stupid stuff like that basically.’
Don’t think that Proyas is some idealistic artiste who just can’t work well with the money people. He says that he really gets the dynamic between studio and filmmaker. ‘It’s the constant tension of what we do. Filmmaking is a business, it’s not just an art form as much as we’d like it to be,’ he said. ‘You have to make money back for the investors, otherwise you won’t be allowed to make another movie.’ I had to know: would Proyas ever work with Fox again? ‘Never again,’ he said definitively. [CHUD]
It’d be one thing to get interference from people with a history of box office success, but an exec at a bomb factory like Fox has to realize that he’s less a coach than a retarded kid in the bleachers. The director might sign your ball after he hits a home run, but he doesn’t need your swing advice. And speaking of foxes, check out this one. What an a-hole!