Ah, Hollywood. It’s a place where dreams come true, and where execs can make or break a project with the stroke of a pen. It’s a place where creativity is celebrated, but also where ideas are sometimes met with resistance. It’s a place where the phrase "studio notes" can send shivers down the spine of any filmmaker, and the phrase "executive feedback" can make a grown man cry.
It’s a place where a Ryan Murphy can persevere and make history with a show like Glee, where a Frank Darabont can express his "boiling rage" through emails, and where a Foxtel CEO can learn the hard way not to call a Khaleesi "short and dumpy." It’s a place where, in short, execs can look at the dream you’ve been trying to realize and give you feedback on it that makes you question your sanity and theirs. Here are just a few examples of that.
Mel Brooks: 1, Warner Bros.: 0.
Goyer: ’Krypton’s already gone, guys.’
Disney’s not bear-ing any risks.
Let’s simplify: no more wild, wild subtleties.
Drum roll, please... Cut!
Jazzed up about the criticism.
Keep writing, even when they say it’s not scary, if you’re John Carpenter.
Oops, didn’t realize she was a Khaleesi!
Ryan Murphy persevered, and ‘Glee’ made history.
Not laughing yet, sir?
Columbia thought ‘E.T.’ was too Disney-fied.
Frank Darabont’s emails: hot and bothered.
‘Blade Runner,’ ahead of its time, and its execs.
Sidney’s ’Space Man’ left them scratching their heads.