One summer, I was working for a credit-less Producer. I did development for over twenty scripts that he was trying to get off the ground. One day, we were sitting outside of a Starbucks in Westwood and I had just pitched him two biopic ideas. I thought they were great stories, but the Producer shook his head. “Those sound like George Clooney movies, and no one likes George Clooney movies”, he said. I didn’t know how to respond.
The Producer began his pitch. “Here’s a movie I’ve been trying to get made for a while. A Detective loses his partner in the field. This guy is grizzled, tough. One day, he is in the Chief’s office. The Chief says to him, ‘You have to get a new partner’. The Detective argues that he doesn’t need one. The Chief says, ‘Too bad. Your new partner is on his way.’ Suddenly, there is a knock at the door. The Detective opens the door, but there is no one there. He looks side to side, then looks down. It’s a Penguin. The movie is Penguin Cop. You see the Detective and Penguin driving around town. The Detective is talking about a case, but the Penguin can’t respond because he is a penguin. The Penguin will help solve the case somehow, I don’t know.”
The Producer then points to a Harry Potter poster at the theater next door. “I can see it right there. It could be as big as Harry Potter.”Tweet