Back in its day "Titanic" was quite a venture, going well over schedule and over budget. And while certainly many had faith in a good performance of the film I don't think anyone had anticipated its ultimate 1.8 billion dollar box office payday! The great gamble is that nobody knows how well a film will end up working for worldwide audiences, especially so if the movie is a hybrid of entertainment -- and a director's personal artsy vision.
In my opinion David Fincher's next has all it takes to stimulate a vast box office response: It has an incredibly original and unique story in the hands of master storytellers (Fincher and Roth), it will feature stunning, never before seen visual effects and it tells a story with grave themes and the potential to be emotionally effective. It's got a perfect release date for high revenues. And it's got Brad Pitt. But will these factors be good enough to ensure greater than 450 million dollar world-wide earnings?
Christophe has found us a great article dealing with these issues and with the studios' concerns over their own mega-budget auteur-blockbusters. It's a great read, and it's a topic quite worthy thinking about.
What do you guys think? What's your gut feeling how "Benjamin Button" will perform?
Here's the link. Thanks, Christophe!
Variety: Studios Wary Of Big Budget Auteurs