Chubb exits Pressman to pursue own interests

Decade-long associates Edward R. Pressman and Caldecot Chubb are parting ways , citing philosophical differences.

Chubb, who has been serving as senior VP of production at Edward R. Pressman Film Corp., is leaving to pursue his own interests, though he will remain involved in various forthcoming Pressman projects.

“I found myself emotionally and creatively invested in our projects, but ultimately they’re Ed’s pictures. So, if I want to do my own work and be responsible for my own successes or failures, I have to find a venue where that responsibility is more mine–that means I have to take risks,” Chubb acknowledged. Asked about speculation that he was upset that his name was not put on the door, Chubb said simply, “Ed’s an individual — this is the Edward R. Pressman Film Corp.”

Pressman explained that Chubb “would have liked the company to go in a different direction than I would like.” Chubb wanted to see the company be more modeled after Interscope Communications, where production exex work without titles on individual film projects.

“He would like to go off to North Carolina to produce a movie, and I prefer the old Selznick kind of company. I want someone by my side the whole time and the structure of the company is the way I like it. I don’t want to change it,” said Pressman. “We’re friends and it’s kind of a natural evolution for someone who wants his own creative charge.”

One of Pressman’s upcoming projects, “The Crow,” an urban action thriller to star Brandon Lee, was a bone of contention between Pressman and Chubb, who reportedly wanted to be the hands-on producer, on location. He will serve as co-producer on the movie, which is slated to begin production in spring 1993. Pressman and Jeff Most will produce. Paramount is the likely domestic distributor.

Regarding Chubb’s desired involvement in “Crow,” Pressman reiterated that he was not interested in an employee of his company “focusing on that one project as a producer. … My choice was to have that person–the executive vice president of my company–be with me.”

Pressman said he has just begun to interview prospective successors to Chubb, who is expected to leave in the next few weeks.

Chubb most recently developed the upcoming biopic “Hoffa,” on which he served as producer with Pressman. Twentieth Century Fox is releasing the film on Christmas Day.

Chubb said he is busy “working with a number of other people pursuing projects.”

In addition to remaining associated with “The Crow” and at least one other Pressman project, Chubb will stay affiliated with Pressman Film Corp. in pursuing interactive multimedia opportunities.

“Interactive multimedia is a very, very interesting emerging form and its relationship with the motion picture business is just burgeoning,” said Chubb. “It will be a large business with new forms of narrative and expression.”

Chubb and Pressman were first associated in 1983, when Chubb said he “had a desk in his office” and the two collaborated on the never-produced Lloyd Fonville script “The King Lives.”

After associate-producing the Edward R. Pressman film “Good Morning Babylon” in ’86 and serving as producer with Pressman on “Cherry 2000,” Chubb joined the Pressman company in 1988.

Chubb went on to produce the Danny Glover starrer “To Sleep With Anger,” a project he had developed independently and brought to the Pressman company in 1988, and the comedic drama “Waiting for the Light,” which starred Shirley MacLaine.

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