Three years is not a big gap. If you’re making a picture this big, I think this much time is normal. In any case, when I make a film, I’m not very good at planning – the coordinating with the writers, getting the actors’ dates, shooting a film and simultaneously planning the next. When I make a film, I make only one film at a time. Only after one film is complete do I think, what next should I make. I spend six to eight months thinking about that, another six to eight months on detailing and writing it. Getting the stars’ dates takes another 6-8 months. And then, for the scale of the films I make, it takes an entire year to complete it. That’s why there’s usually a two to two-and-a-half years’ gap between my films.
Most writer-directors are not open to other writers working on a script they want to film. Do you also suffer from that hang-up and write all your stories yourself? Or do new writers come to you with stories? I’ve written most of the scripts for my films. But I am open to other writers working on my film. If someone comes to me with a script, I’d love to work on it. In fact, I’d prefer it. But if you are a writer, and an established writer like me, they know they can’t fool me by sounding out any story, and they have to have it worked out well. They know that I will ask a