At Paramount Classics’ unspooling of “Asylum” on Tuesday, much was made of the novel’s prolonged process from page to screen.
“I thought, ‘Oh, this one will be easy to make,’ ” reminisced producer Mace Neufeld on his 10-year journey.
Star Natasha Richardson was quick to interject that the elapsed time was in fact, only seven years: “Mace is trying to make us older than we are.”
Among those who never lost hope was author Patrick McGrath, who said, “I had great faith in this one, more than was merited, because it did go in the dead-script pile.”
Despite joining the project late, helmer David Mackenzie was unfazed. “If I knew the full extent of the backstory, it would have intimidated me. But for me, it was a fresh project,” he said.