It’s always refreshing when you get a hot blast of undiluted truth from the void of eternal falsehoods that is the Hollywood machine. This sort of thing doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it’s usually pretty juicy. During his appearance at the Savannah Film Festival, Universal Studios head Ron Meyer covered a wide range of industry-related topics, including the recent failure of the company’s “Tower Heist” VOD release. Meyer also touched on Joe Johnston’s 2010 horror flick “The Wolfman”, a motion picture the COO believes is the worst production the studio has ever released. That’s gotta hurt. Thankfully, Meyer also used this opportunity to defend “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”, though he did take a few shots at the film’s fanbase.
Regarding “The Wolfman” fiasco:
“We make a lot of shitty movies,” Meyer admitted. “Every one of them breaks my heart. We set out to make good ones. One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman [produced, coincidentally, by local Savannah resident Stratton Leopold.] Wolfman and Babe 2 are two of the shittiest movies we put out, but by the same token we made movies we believe in. We did United 93, which is one of the movies I’m most proud of. It wasn’t a big moneymaker, but it’s a film I believe every American should see and it showed you what people can do in the worst of times and how great the human spirit is and all that, so there are moments that can make up for all the junk that you make.”
Regarding “Scott Pilgrim”:
Scott Pilgrim, I think, was actually kind of a good movie. [Addressing a small section of the audience, cheering.] But none of you guys went! And you didn’t tell your friends to go! But, you know, it happens. Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better. Scott Pilgrim did deserve better, but it just didn’t capture enough of the imaginations of people, and it was one of those things where it didn’t cost a lot so it wasn’t a big loss.
The article is a great read, so if you have a moment this morning, take a break and check it out. You can investigate the piece in its entirety by taking a quick trip over to Movieline.