‘Aquatic’ swims to life on fat budget

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.

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