Bright Lights Film Journal

The Trouble with Clooney, the Trouble with Kim, the Trouble with Me!

George Clooney, when he was happy
Over at Slate, Kim Masters has a pretty heavy rap on the various reasons why George Clooney’s new biohazard pic, Michael Clayton, only turned in $10 mil at the box office. Frankly, I blush to read that piece, because, well, I may be talking out of school here, but the “top producer” that Kim quotes, well, that’s me, and, again, frankly, being the head of Alan Vanneman Productions does not really make me a “top producer,” even though I may have used those words to Kim in our conversation, and even though the “crown jewel” of the AVP 2007 release schedule, I Drink Your Blood, I Eat Your Skin, I Represent the William Morris Agency, did not put up the kind of numbers that all of us here were hoping for, though, again, I feel that my analysis of Michael Clayton‘s problems were pretty much spot on.

In addition, the “former studio chairman” that Kim quotes, well, that’s also me, and I really should not have said that. I mean, I did have a studio for awhile, that’s for sure, but we were always pretty casual about corporate structure at Alternative Visions, which may have been part of the problem. Anyway, I’m really not a former studio chairman. Sorry, Kim!

On the other hand, I do consider myself to be a “studio chief.” Definitely! Because a studio can have two chiefs, can’t it? And Two Heads is a going concern, a growing concern, which will be even more obvious to people, if possible, once Marty finishes designing the business cards.

As for Michael Clayton itself, well, Kim quoted me pretty heavily, so there’s no real need to go into detail, but I do always remember what Harry Cohn used to say when he was unhappy, NETOTS! (Not Enough Tits On The Screen!)