Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Hollywood Babble On & On #371: WTF? Why Tom Ford? Why?

Welcome to the show folks...

Tom Ford may have conquered the world of fashion, but I think he got in over his head when he went into the movie business with his film
A Single Man.

Here's the story, Tom Ford's movie got raves and awards at the Venice Film Festival, and sparked a bidding war among some top distributors, and the Weinstein Co., and the Weinstein Co. won in the wee hours of the morning. TWC made a seven figure buying offer, but according to Ford, it's not just the money that convinced him to go into business with the restructuring TWC. He said that Weinstein laid out an elaborate and detailed marketing plan that promised not only people seeing the film, but winning major awards as well.

It's times like these that make me think that Harvey has some sort of supernatural talent that goes beyond simple smooth talking. I mean his reputation for buying and burying independent movies is rather obvious, and I'm sure that he made similar promises to all the others whose films went from winning awards and praise at major festivals to gathering dust either in discount DVD bins, or having the negatives being used as doorstops at the TWC head office.

I'd also like to know where Harvey got the money. Sure
Inglorious Bastards* is doing pretty well, but the money's split with Universal, Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, and the TWC's creditors. Halloween 2 didn't help, even though the film itself was made cheaply, they spent a comparable shit-load in prints and advertising, and all that costs big money that TWC can't really afford to lose.

I hope Ford at least got his money up front because I fear that's pretty much all he's going to get from this deal.

* I refuse to bow to Tarantino's pretension of deliberately misspelling the title. Quentin, I liked a lot of your movies, but sometimes you get a little too damn self-indulgent.


  1. why German rights too?

  2. I'm not sure, maybe Harvey has good connections with the Teutonic set.