Team behind slasher pix to scare up more
Names: Brad Fuller, Andrew Form
Ages: Fuller, 38; Form, 35
Breakthrough pic: New Line’s remake “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
What I learned the hard way: “That there is no easy way,” says Fuller.
“By the time your movie is in its second weekend, it’s over and everybody’s forgotten about it,” says Form.
Platinum Dunes’ Brad Fuller and Andrew Form have embraced their fear. The shingle — which lists Michael Bay as a partner — scared up $80 million domestically with its remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” which carved its way through a crowded October weekend to bow at No. 1.
For their next act, the duo are working on a remake of “The Amityville Horror” for MGM/Dimension that will start filming June 28. Does the pressure of following up a horror hit give them the heebie-jeebies?
Not as long as the team that scares together prepares together. Fuller and Form are working on “Amityville” with Scott Kosar, the scribe who wrote the redux “Chainsaw.” The buzz on the script is, as they say, to die for.
With one hit movie under their belts, Fuller and Form have melded as a production team. They finish each other’s sentences. They have a division of labor that uses strengths developed during the years before Platinum Dunes was founded in 2001.
Fuller met Bay at Wesleyan U. and did a tour of duty at William Morris after graduation. After a stint managing and producing what he terms “really cheesy” shows for cable TV, Fuller got a call asking if he wanted to work on low-budget projects with the Bay.
Bay also approached Form, a former assistant to Jerry Bruckheimer with whom he had worked on “Bad Boys.” The company was started the day after the three met for the first time.
As Bay tells it, “It’s kind of cute. When ‘Texas’ had its opening weekend it made its budget back Friday night. They were sky-high. Drew was getting a little cocky on Sunday and I had to tell them: ‘Next Friday, no one is going to remember you.’ I had to kind of quell the cockiness. Brad called me two weeks later and said: ‘Wow, this really is a thankless business. Now we’ve got to find another one.’ And I said: ‘Yep! It really is a thankless business!’ ”
“The way we work it would be almost impossible to do this alone,” adds Form. “We complement each other very well.”
“I couldn’t do it without Drew,” Fuller says. “We’re good at totally different things. He’s great on set; in production is when he’s in his element. My background was agenting so I like being the one on the phone with executives.”
Bay agrees. “Brad is the good one of the bunch, the sweet one, the people person, the politician. Drew is nuts and bolts and all about production and squeezing the last dime out of that dollar.”
Platinum Dunes’ plans include a prequel to “Chainsaw,” a college-based horror movie picked up by Dimension and a “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle”-type pitch at Focus.