Gavin Hood, ‘Tsotsi’

What would you do if Hollywood gave you $75 million to make your dream project?

“No strings attached, $75 million? Sounds like a dream.

Actually, sounds more like a nightmare. The idea of total freedom makes me paranoid.

There are some stories I’d like to tell that might need more than $75 million. And of course there are others that need a lot less.  So, should my next film be one that would cost at least $75 million? Could be risky. What if it bombs?  Who wants to be the guy who had it all and blew it on one giant disaster? 

Might be better if I tell a story that needs less money. 

Now, if I take the $75 million and I don’t spend it all, do the rules allow me to hang onto the savings?  At least that way, if the next film fails, I can make another and try and salvage my reputation. 

What I’m struggling with here is career longevity. I just want to be around telling stories for as long as possible. And that’s about working with great material, casting creatively and securing an appropriate budget. (And not telling the world you want to do X with actor Y and then doing X with somebody else.) 

So, if a flat $75 million is on offer, could you please set it aside for me whilst I angst through the pros and cons of risking it all on one epic and a Hollywood star, or splitting it over a few smaller films with unknowns?

Of course, with an offer of $75 million, I can afford to talk all this through with my manager, my agent, my publicist and my lawyer.  And they’ll probably want to negotiate a share in the gross.  

I’ll get back to you soonest.”

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