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Everybody loves to gloat over Hollywood’s fiascoes. Now there’s a book about them. The author answers five questions. Here’s one:

1 – Of all the elements you discuss in your book Fiasco: A History of Hollywood’s Iconic Flops, which one would you say is the most important for the creation of a monumental screen failure?

Parish: The studio/producing company’s inability to realize that the elements on a film project are not coming together properly and that it would be better to stop (even at an advanced stage of production) than to proceed. However, it is frequently the case that no one wants to halt the disaster in the making, believing that somehow it will all miraculously pull together. Also, few people want to be the bearer of bad news by saying this project should stop. Moreover, too many decision makers have a vested interest in seeing that the picture — no matter how badly it is shaping up — proceeds to completion/release. Their fee for the project is at stake and/or they don’t want to admit they made a mistake in the first place. Then too, often a project has been put in the works by a prior regime and the new regime is too busy establishing its own turf to “bother” with past executives’ greenlit projects.

Cinema Minima)

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Written by [IMH]

11 May 2006 at 12:31 pm

Posted in movies

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