Cult filmmaker James Gunn writes and directs a video game and finds that it's more fun than making movies. Plus, Plus, Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky, the filmmakers behind the new documentary Indie Game.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Kim Masters and John Horn, entertainment reporter for the Los Angeles Times, banter about some of this week's top Hollywood news stories:
- Disney will not accept advertising on its cable channels from brands selling unhealthy foods
- Ari Emanuel, the head of the talent agency WME, speaks out on Internet piracy
- Hollywood takes notice of the video game conference E3
Cult filmmaker James Gunn, who made Tromeo and Juliet and Super and wrote the screenplays for Dawn of the Dead and the two Scooby Doo movies, has written and directed a video game. It's called Lollipop Chainsaw and it's his first foray into that business. Gunn talks about how freeing it is to write a 1000-page video game and how being part of an 'artform' that's still developing was exciting to him.
Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky made their new documentary, Indie Game the DIY way. They funded it through Kickstarter and are distributing themselves digitally through their website, iTunes and the video game online site Steam. They spent no money on marketing, but the film got into Sundance, where Scott Rudin and HBO bought the remake rights for a possible comedy series.
Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky making Indie Game
Photo by Matthew Wegner