A. Quinton — Nov. 3rd 2011
From aÂ MovielineÂ article about Universal’s COO & President Ron Meyer speaking at the Savannah Film Festival:
Universalâs biggest recent disappointment?Â The Wolfman.
âWe make a lot of shitty movies,â Meyer admitted. âEvery one of them breaks my heart.â
âWe set out to make good ones. One of the worst movies we ever made wasÂ Wolfman.WolfmanÂ andÂ Babe 2Â are two ofÂ the shittiest moviesÂ we put out, but by the same token we made movies we believe in. We didÂ United 93, which is one of the movies Iâm most proud of.”
A little later in the interview, WolfmanÂ producer Stratton Leopold ambles over from his “family-run ice cream shop across the street” (I swear I’m not making this up) to contribute his two cents.
Meyer, good naturedly:Â âItâs one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, âWhat have we all done here?â That movie was crappy.â
Leopold:Â âI said the same thing before the reshoot. I said, âWhy are we spending all of this? Letâs shoot two scenes to create some sympathy for the [hero] and thatâs it,â butâŚâ
Meyer:Â âWe all went wrong. It was one of those thingsâŚ like I said, we make a lot of bad movies. Thatâs one we should have smelled out a long time ago. It was wrong. The script never got rightâŚâ
Leopold:Â âThe cast -â
Meyer:Â ââwas awful. The director was wrong. Benicio [del Toro] stunk. It all stunk.â
The board of directors at NBCUniversalÂ need to hand these two gormless, spineless motherfuckersÂ their walking papers on the double.Â These guys contributed directly to the mis-management of an A-list film that subsequently flops, then they casually shit all over the cast and crew they let down with their miserable leadership. What a great way to inspire the people working for you â and cultivate a loyal audience.
You can read the entire interview on Movieline if you want â Meyer’s reasons for getting into the film industry are oh so noble â but I’m going to go look at pictures of Rick Baker holding his Oscar.