The Reporter reports on three big-budget movies, two of them with animation directors directing live-action for the first time.
Brad Bird, THR says, had plenty of expert assistance and came out fine. Andrew Stanton the paper isn't so sure of.
But they end on a positive note, with the help of an Anonymous Person:
... "I've got a lot of faith in this guy," one former Disney insider says of Stanton. "Remember: Finding Nemo was supposed to be the first Pixar flop." ...
Me, I think the movie will take in some good-sized grosses. The trouble is, when you spend between $200 and $300 million on a picture, you decrease the Mother Conglomerate's chances for making a profit on the movie. It's one of the problems hand-drawn animate features had in the 1990s. Their budgets doubled, then doubled again. And the big profit margins turned narrow or negative.
The same thing applies to live-action extravaganzas. The more the production budget, the less the opportunity to end up in the black.