Anderson takes on myths of indie filmmaking
HOLLYWOOD — At the Variety post-screening sesh for “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou,” Wes Anderson admitted the film “is bigger than anything else I have ever attempted,” then added, “but I didn’t approach it any differently.”Anderson said the $50 million pic started as a short story — a paragraph, really — 15 years ago. “Every time we say what the budget is, people say, ‘That much?’ ” Anderson recounted. “People are expecting a Robert Rodriguez film and want us to make it for $22,000. Then when I tell them it was $6 million or $50 million, they ask, ‘What cost that much?’ “ Pete Hammond moderated the Nov. 22 ArcLight sesh.