Monday, December 9, 2013

Can Fast and Furious be fixed? And David Heyman on Producing 'Harry Potter' and 'Gravity'

David Heyman on Producing 'Harry Potter' and 'Gravity'

David Heyman on Producing 'Harry Potter' and 'Gravity'

Produced by:
" I speak oth languates...English and American"

David Heyman talks about the book that made his career -- Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. He convinced Warner Bros. to option it under his production deal and then went on to produce the billion-dollar franchise. Now he has his first Oscar contender with Gravity. He talks about working with Alfonson Cuarón and the role of the producer.

He will return as executive producer and crative force for the new series from the author of the "Harry Potter" series.


Hollywood News Banter (2:30PM)

Kim Masters and John Horn of the Los Angeles Times discuss some of this week's top entertainment news stories.
- The complicated business implications for Fast & Furious 7 since the tragic death of Paul Walker. This is the most important franchise to help cover other films that do not earn a great deal may be dead. The last Fast and Furious earned over eight hundred million dollars. they now face what to do with the footage already shot, what to do moving forward and which direction will be the most profitable for the bottom line in 2013 and 2014. Fast and Furious is Comcast-NBC-Universals only non-animated franchise hit. The issue of moral and ethics is also a question, given he died in a fiery car crash and the series celebrated high speed risk driving. If they stop the insurance company will pay the tens of millions spent already. If they reboot the film the insurance company will have to pay any additional cost related to the actors death. The insurer will then have a say in casting, budgets and in other areas of production. Look to lawsuits and delays. there are many unknowns, such as if Paul Walker has a rider that said he would not be involved in high risk activities while in production...such as riding in a dangerous high speed automobile. Mose likely there will be a Fast and Furious 7 and 8. Its form and story, and if any of the original can be salvaged, have yet to be decided. Look to 2015, 2016 or even 2017 for the next film in the franchise.



Producing 'Harry Potter' and 'Gravity' (2:40PM)

Producer David Heyman talks about how he decided early on in his career to make books a big part of his business. The book that changed his life? Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. When he read it in galley form -- as an unpublished novel -- he was sure it would make a good film. But he couldn't predict it would become the billion dollar franchise that it has. Now, for the first time, he's in the hunt for an Oscar with his new movie, Gravity. For that, he re-teamed with Alfonso Cuarón who directed the third Potter movie. Heyman talks about how the two of them cajoled and tricked Sandra Bullock into enduring long hours alone in a high tech light box while shooting this visual effects heavy movie.

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