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Boots producing and movies The Guardians for first-with time them. directors, I’m writing and developing the final TV. part Things of The like Strain that novels [ laughs]. Q: for You a few haven’t years, actually is that correct? directed a film
and A: At I The left The Mountains Hobbit , Of so Madness . . . I always fell knew away Mountains was a difficult project to get through. I was surprised, I was shocked, but ultimately I’ve got to just look ahead. Q: You were planning to direct At The
Mountains Of Madness with James Cameron as producer. Is it hard to get something through? A: When it’s a $ 150 million, R-rated horror movie, yes. I can get a certain number of movies made very quickly at a certain budget, but once you go past $ 100 million you have to not take anything for granted. Q: When Universal declined to finance the movie, you were expecting it, right? A: Well, you know, I felt having Tom Cruise interested in doing it and Jim Cameron producing it, et cetera, et cetera, that was a very reassuring package. But I’ll get it made one way or another. Q: Do you get equal satisfaction out of helping get a film such as Julia’s Eyes made as you do making your own movie? A: Yes, 100 per cent. One of the reasons I love to produce for younger directors is it’s almost like an instant fulfilment to be able to resolve their problems for them. It makes me feel I’m part of paying it forward. Q: You probably get pitched 100 ideas a
day. Why did Julia’s Eyes grab you? A: It was a very familiar genre, but it was very quirky and off-kilter. It was not the usual slasher movie. And the fact the central character was a woman made it very interesting for me. Q: Do you have your own collection of monsters at home, just waiting for the right movie to emerge in?
A: I’ve been collecting fantasy, horror and fairytales all my life. All those books, they are almost like a seeding ground for creation. I’m 46, and I know now that there are more stories that I would like to have told than I will ever get to tell in my lifetime. JULIA’S EYES Now showing State Cinema KUNG FU PANDA 2 Now showing Village Cinemas