What would you do if Hollywood gave you $75 million to make your dream project?
“I don’t really have a dream project, because what could come after that dream project? But, if I had $75 million, I would try and invest the money in a script for a great comedy where I could work with Salma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Uma Thurman and Keira Knightley! I’m a big fan of Truffaut, and when I was a young boy I learned from him that when you’re a film director you have far more possibilities of meeting great, beautiful women.
After that film was a success, I would make a cool gangster thriller with comic relief with guys like Johnny Depp, Tobey Maguire, Keanu Reeves, Ben Stiller, John Turturro, Nicolas Cage and Jack Nicholson. I’d like to think I could do both, but if I could only do one, then it would have to be the cool comedy with the actresses.
With regards to my production team: For a composer, I really trust my old friend Johnny Klimak, who did ‘One Hour Photo’ and ‘Run, Lola, Run,’ as well as my last two features. As a cameraman, I think I have one of the best in Martin Langer, who shot my last two feature films. I would use my usual editor Hans Funck, who worked on ‘Downfall’ as well as ‘Sophie Scholl.’ For me, the most important aspect is the script, so for my dream projects, I would want to spend money on securing gifted writers who were well-versed in the traditions of Billy Wilder, the Coen brothers, John Landis and could translate that kind of humor.”