How Fox Exec Elizabeth Gabler Championed Life of Pi to the Screen despite the odds. Twin Brother filmmakers rush to finish their movie for Sundance.
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Elizabeth Gabler, President of the division of the Fox Film Studio known as Fox 2000 talks about the challenging road to making Life of Pi. She insisted the book by Yann Martel could be made into not just a movie but a hit film back when she optioned it 10 years ago. And it was her confidence that kept the project going for years until the Chairmen of the studio wanted to shut it down--after 7 years of development and millions of dollars spent they just felt it was too risky. At that point Ang Lee got on a plane bound for L.A. with a previsualization of the shipwreck sequence that would go on to convince them to keep going. After getting the country of Taiwan on board to help reduce the costs the rest is box office gold. The film is about to reach $400 billion world-wide and it received 11 Oscar nominations.
Elizabeth Gabler, President Fox 2000
John Horn visits with the twin filmmaking brothers Logan and Noah Miller as they rush to finish the final mix of their film Sweetwater in time for its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. With the festival around the corner filmmakers all over are forgoing sleep and sanity to get their films read for Park City.
Jenny Radelet produces.
Sundance Film Festival, http://www.sundance.org/festival/
Noah Miller, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2387990/
Logan Miller, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3039088/
Miller’s film, ‘Sweetwater’, http://filmguide.sundance.org/film/13214/sweetwater
Logan and Noah’s book on indie filmmaking, http://www.amazon.com/Either-Youre-Way-Filmmaking-Hell-Ride/dp/B005M4OUSM
Kim Masters and John Horn-- Film Writer for the Los Angeles Times-- banter about some of this week’s top Hollywood News stories.
John Horn, L.A. Times @jghorn
Today’s Banter Topics:
- Oscar nominations and the indie v. studio angle
- Highlights from the Television Critics Association meetings with network execs who snark at each other and address violence
- Hollywood goes to DC to talk gun violence