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May 10, 2004

Searching for the New Ishtar

Via GreenCine, one more link to a Guardian article noting the number of summer blockbusters whose budgets (before advertising) appear to exceed $200 million. Anne Thompson notes that some of these films are bound to bomb based on bad word of mouth (Van Helsing; Troy; and I, Robot are apparently the top candidates). Thompson notes that you can "buy" a first week audience, but with the number of blockbusters and the size of contemporary budgets, some films are likely to lose a lot of money.

In somewhat unrelated news, I've just learned that Roger Avary, who co-wrote Pulp Fiction and has written and directed Killing Zoe, Rules of Attraction, and Glitterati, has an online journal. Judging by the number of comments, I'm a little late to this party, but still very interesting.

Posted by chuck at May 10, 2004 11:57 AM

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Darn! And I was looking forward to Van Helsing.

Posted by: mjones at May 10, 2004 12:23 PM

I keep hearing nothing but bad buzz for "Van Helsing." I don't have any strong inclinations either way, although I usually prefer smaller films. For some reason, "Troy," especially, looks likes a bad idea to me.

Posted by: chuck at May 10, 2004 12:34 PM

Most of my friends have a high tolerance for schlock, and Van Helsing even got mixed reviews from them. One friend — whom I'm co-writing a screenplay with and whose I opinion I trust slightly more — gave it the thumbs down.

Posted by: Rusty at May 10, 2004 5:47 PM

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