On the set of HITCHCOCK
Took my UCLA class to watch Sacha Gervasi, a former UCLA screenwriting student, direct Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in the final scenes of his film, HITCHCOCK, which will probably be out before the end of the year. Great to see him develop the subtle nuances of the story as the takes progressed through the evening. It’s going to be an interesting film.
A few days later, I did an interview about Sacha, the Hitchcock film and his next one on Hervé Villechaiz. (Link to that article at the bottom)
I repeatedly make the point in Letters to Young Filmmakers and in my classes that, on average, it takes about nine years to get a studio film made – even for major directors and producers.
When I first got to know Sacha while he was a student, he told me that what he really wanted to make was a film about Hervé Villechaize, the dwarf in the long-running Fantasy Island tv series. As a journalist, Sacha had conducted a long interview with Villechaize, and then learned the next day that he had committed suicide not long after talking with Sacha, so Herve knew what lay ahead as he gave the interview.
Sacha was a student about ten years ago. Now, his next film, My Dinner with Herve, is in preproduction and will star Peter Dinklage, whose has the starring role in HBO’s Game of Thrones series, which has been very successful.
This is the second time Sacha has persevered for years on a film project that nobody wanted to make (Anvil: The Story of Anvil! is the other). So, maybe there’s something to the idea that you should figure out what you really want to do and not give it up.