Wow. You know, you’ve got to respect a guy that is a straight shooter, who tells you how it is. It’s a sure sign of integrity when a guy can tell you he’s made a mistake, right? Or maybe it’s just indicative of someone who is so amazingly, filthy rich that he can pretty much say anything without consequence. Either way, Universal chief Ron Meyer’s speech at the Savannah Film Festival recently dropped a few nuggets about how the film industry works, and about the goings on of Universal in particular: “We make a lot of sh***y movies and every one of them breaks my heart.” He then went on to provide a list of recent films he’d green lit that sucked (seriously, this is priceless).
After lamenting that Universal always attempts to make good films, specifically name-dropping United 93, A Beautiful Mind, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, he went on to state that films like Wolfman and Babe 2 were utterly terrible, as were Cowboys & Aliens and the abysmal Land of the Lost. It was a truly awesome rant by the man who has actually approved of a Battleship move based on the board game, and you can read a hilarious excerpt below:
One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman… It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy. We all went wrong. It was one of those things… Like I said, we make a lot of bad movies. That’s one we should have smelled out a long time ago. It was wrong. The script never got right… [The cast] was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio [del Toro] stunk. It all stunk… Wolfman and Babe 2 are two of the sh***iest movies we put out.
Land Of The Lost was just crap. I mean, there was no excuse for it … Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough… All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it…
Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better… Cowboys & Aliens was a big loss, and Land of the Lost was a huge loss. We misfired. We were wrong. We did it badly, and I think we’re all guilty of it. I have to take first responsibility because I’m part of it, but we all did a mediocre job and we paid the price for it.
What do you think of Meyer’s speech?
Source: The AV Club