A recent Deadline article floated the possibility that Robert Downey Jr. may not be the only person getting a big payday from the upcoming The Avengers 2. Writer/director Joss Whedon, whom many credit at least a portion of the film’s success too, is supposedly going to make somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 million for the project. Not bad for the man that used to make his bread and butter at the WB.
But not so fast, says Whedon, I’m rich, but I’m not that rich. He went on his blog, Whedonesque, to explain:
I was going to let it slide, but I’ve got this sour taste in my mouth. (Mmmm, lemonade!). Some facts are not facts. I’m not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I’m not getting $100 mil on Avengers 2. If I were, I would come on this site and laugh and laugh and laugh. I’m not making Downey money. I’m making A LOT, which is exciting. I’m not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts. A few other things about me that have been “reported” that people should take with a grain of salt:
That I throw wild Hollywood parties where everyone is naked and dancing and wild and I remember to serve enough snacks.
That I can get a movie greenlit by sighing and staring into the middle distance.
That I ate a unicorn and made it winter for three years.
That I “can write.”
Well, that’s a load off. Sorry to get so personal — the whole thing’s a bit tawdry. But honestly, it bugged me. I’m off for a nice juicy steak. There’s a place downtown that does it with rosemary butter, it tastes just like unico — like a steak.
Now you’ll notice that Whedon clarified that he’s not “getting $100 mil on Avengers 2,” when in actuality Deadline reported that Whedon’s services for that pay check included writing and directing Avengers 2, consulting on the wide field of Marvel movie projects, and developing and executive producing the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series for ABC. That’s still a lot of scratch, but if it’s more multiple projects over three years, then it seems to make (a little) more sense. Either way, Whedon’s a rich man who even FOX would be hard pressed to treat like $#!% anymore. Way to go, Joss!
Source: Screen Rant
Colin Trevorrow is the director of the low-budget sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, as well as a few other under the radar projects like the documentary Reality Show, and the TV Movie Gary: Under Crisis. Needless to say that he’s made no one’s Top 10 list of Who’s Who in terms of directors for Star Wars Episode VII currently in development at Disney. So how has his name floated to the top now?
I draw your attention to Geek Tyrant, whose attention was drawn to an article on Film School Rejects, where Trevorrow talked about his upcoming projects and was rather, ahem, cryptic about it.
I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.
This was back a few months ago when negotiations concerning Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney and the development of Episode VII quietly got under way. Of course, this was followed up by a more recent interview in Moviezine,where Trevorrow addressed the S.W. words directly.
It is not something that I can comment too much on. But I can definitely say, I am as much of a fan of Star Wars as everyone else for whom Star Wars was the most important thing in their life, when they were a kid. I’m deeply aware of how profoundly important it is, to billions of people. It really is a mythology and possibly even a belief system for a lot of people. I certainly can’t comment on what my involvement may ever be, I can definitely say that I would absolutely love to direct a “Star Wars” film at some point in my life. That would be incredible, I’m not daunted by it. Even if I understand that any thinking director who cares about it as I do, as much as a lot of directors do, would be afraid of screwing it up. But I also think that it’s a risk that a lot of directors would be willing to take, because they care about it so much.
As of last night though, Trevorrow seemed to be walking back some of these comments, both implied and direct, by denying that, at present, he has anying to do with directing Star Wars.”To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1,” he tweeted. When asked point blank if he was taking himself out of the running, he replied. “That is what I am saying.”
So is it possible that Trevorrow might be the director of choice for such a high-profile project like Star Wars Episode VII? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get someone like a Bird, Abrams or Nolan behind the camera? (Even though, yes, those guys have already taken their names out of the running.) On the other hand, Welsh director Richard Marquand had only a few feature credits and a lot of TV work to his name when he was tapped to make Return of the Jedi. Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner was more experienced, but when he got the gig he had no experience in either sci-fi or big-budget filmmaking. Still, George Lucas remained an eminent creative force on the Star Wars films at the time, and if his previous comments are to be believed, Lucas is looking more towards retirement than being active on a film set these days.
Obviously, we’ll have more news as it developments.