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The fallout from the news that the newly merged Discovery of Warner Bros. Overlords has decided to shelve the movie. Bat girl despite spending $90 million on it, it already sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry. The news sparked reactions from across the industry, and now Jason Blum is joining in as well.
Blum, the CEO of the horror movie factory Blumhouse Productions, recently spoke with Variety about his thoughts on the subject, saying he understands why it happened.
“I was surprised, but I understood why they chose to do it. You have a new administration, so they want a fresh start and brand DC in a certain way,” she said.
The CEO said it’s common at his company for directors to “trade big budgets for control.”
“We borrowed the French auteur system and applied it to very commercial filmmaking. We give them more control than they usually have in Hollywood, but they also have to give us something: a commitment to making movies cheaply.”
He said that at the end of the day it all comes down to money and creative control.
The way studio film works correlates with budget, the more expensive the film, the more time the director spends strategizing how he is going to get away with it. In a $200 million movie, the director spends 80% of his time on politics and 20% on making the movie. On our $4 million movie, we spend 100% of the time making a good movie.”
That specific kind of focused filmmaking allows his studio to handle risk-taking, he said. For example, he said that he greenlit Ethan Hawke’s vehicle. the black phone without looking at a script. Apparently Bat girlThe biggest flaw was that it was too expensive? Take interesting.
“I thought, ‘Okay, so they talk on the phone in the basement.’ In Hollywood, it’s all about ego, which is why most companies will say ‘no’ if they’re more or less in the script. We don’t do that, because our films are not expensive. When budgets are so big, the people in charge have to think the script is amazing and perfect before saying ‘yes’. But I’d rather trust the director than an executive about what’s amazing and perfect.”
Of course the Bat girl The cancellation news has fans worried about all the other DC projects that are in development. Those include Black Canary, Hourman, Plastic Man, Zatanna and Static. Time will tell if these projects get the ax too.