When Hugh Laurie not so silently left the production of the new RoboCop last week, many of us had to wonder if this wasn’t a sign that something was rotten in the state of future Detroit.
Then there’s this: Fernando Mereilles, director of City of God and a friend of RoboCop director José Padilha, was promoting his latest film when, during an interview with a Portuguese news site, and he let it slip that Padilha is maybe not having such a great time on the film. Warning, the following was put through Google Translation, so it might not be Mereilles words exactly:
“I talked to José Padilha for a week by phone,” Mereilles said. “He will begin filming RoboCop. He is saying that it is the worst experience. For every 10 ideas he has, 9 are cut. Whatever he wants, he has to fight. ‘This is hell here,’ he told me. ‘The film will be good, but I never suffered so much and do not want to do it again.’ He is bitter, but it’s a fighter. “
So given Mereilles proposed ratio of every nine out of ten ideas cut we can either assume that gold like RoboCop basically being a Transformer and the ED-209 being deployed in the Middle East are either two of the ones, or not really Padilha’s ideas to begin with. Now stress from the studio isn’t necessarily bad for a director, for instance George Lucas made the original Star Wars under extreme duress from the studio, but the question is can Padilha make lemonade out of these lemons? And did these negative vibes contribute to Laurie’s decision to jump ship?
Time will tell.
Disney’s The Lone Ranger had a rocky road through development as the studio insisted deep cuts to the budget before it was greenlit. The Gore Verbinski-directed film starring Armie Hammer as the titular hero and Johnny Depp as his sidekick Tonto finally got rolling earlier this year, but now it seems that there’s some cash flow issues for the troubled production as it moves forward in New Mexico.
The Hollywood Reporter is saying that once again The Lone Ranger is facing production trouble. Principal photography began on February 28th but the shoot is dragging on because of severe wind and dust storms that keeping hitting the outdoor sets. Now weeks behind schedule, the film’s budget is ratcheting back up to the $250 million mark, the plateau that Disney balked at when Ranger was in pre-production.
Now the film’s backers are forcing Verbinksi to make more cuts and do on-set rewrites to attempt to bring the budget back under control. The situation is rather financially dire as shooting is expected to continue until August, and then the rush will be on to make sure that the film makes its July 3rd, 2013 release date.
But despite that, once advertising and publicity costs are factored in, the total budget will likely exceed $300 million, meaning that the film will have to make in excess of $800 million at the box office to be successful. Considering that we’re talking about a classic cowboy tale like The Lone Ranger, will the film be able to make that much back? Doubtful, but who would have thought that Verbinski could have turned a series of Pirate movies into a billion dollar franchise?
More news as it develops.
Source: Cinema Blend