Movie directors have the film they wanna make vs. the film studio wants to make. The ideas are very different. It’s a very “Do this. Not that” type of relationship between studio and director. Very aggravating on the creative process, as I’m sure you can imagine. You really can’t blame the studios, though. They’ve invested millions of dollars. They’re entitled to protecting their investment. There’s no such thing as fully trusting ones vision when money is at stake. Unless, of course, you’re James Cameron or Joss Whedon.
These two directors have made a billion plus dollars with their films respectively. Their success stuffed 1ooo dollar bills in the pockets and beds of their higher ups. Sleep on a bed of money and be damned if you’re not going to give your prize winner free reign on future collaborators.
With the success of Jame Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar films, we know he can do whatever he pleases. Doesn’t have to answer to anybody ever again.
What about Joss Whedon? Well, he’s no James Cameron, but Marvel is treating him like royalty. He’s currently in the process of developing The Avengers 2, a S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series, and will also serve as a creative advisor on all of Marvel’s other movies in the Phase 2 plan. Super overseer of Marvels Cinematic universe. That’s something, huh?
In a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Whedon talks about the creative freedom that he will have with The Avengers 2.
I think there’s a level of trust. You know, Kevin Feige and I have always had mutual respect, and on the first movie he was very supportive. But there were definitely things where they were like, ‘Hmm, we don’t see that.’ And I think now Kevin’s in a place where it would be more like, ‘We don’t see it, but we think you do.’
He goes on to explain that he doesn’t have a free pass to do what he wants with the next movie:
[T]hat doesn’t mean they’re just going to roll over and I’m going to say, ‘Oh, it’s ‘Great Lakes Avengers’ and we’re going to get Squirrel Girl and you’re gonna love it’. You know, they need to believe. But all I want to do is make the movie that they want. And so it’s been great. We’re having that same kind of, ‘What if? Oh, and what if?’ And ‘I was thinking it would be funny … ooh ooh ooh.’ There’s definitely a level of earned trust, but as with any good studio head or producer, that doesn’t mean a free pass.
Oh, come on, no Squirrel Girl? Fascists! Joking aside, if Whedon was restricted the first time around and we got the film we got, I wonder how much better the sequel will be now that he has more creative freedom.