Insider stories about Ice Age, Avatar, Castaway, and Top Gun: Maverick (27:02)
Jim shares a story about the almost missed opportunity with Ice Age, the decision to keep it, and the success of the franchise. He goes on to talk about the challenges of greenlighting Avatar due to its expensive budget and new technology. He shares what it was like to work with James Cameron on the blockbuster film. The pair discuss the audience screening of Castaway how audience reaction led to a change in the film’s ending that was crucial to its success. The conversation turns to the pressure and decision-making process behind the release of the movie Top Gun: Maverick during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jim on discussing the Avatar budget with Rupert Murdoch
I said, well, I honestly, he’s not finished it, you know, some of the tech is proving a little difficult, but it’s looking great. He said, well, is it going to be any good? I said, no, it’s going to be really great. And he said, well, how do you know that? I said because he won’t stop making it until it’s great. And that’s why I can’t tell you what the final budget’s going to be. And he hung up on me.