At Harvey's earliest convenience, Ned and I would like to set up a phone conference.
Harvey's schedule is understandably difficult to work with, but I find it hard to believe he has zero time to talk to one of his directors and a producer of a film that's currently taking on serious water at the box office.
Please let me know when something becomes available, preferably in the next week.
Since Harvey, according to you, has no time this week for a personal phone call I'm left with no choice but to express my displeasure with his handling of Eleanor Rigby through you. With the premiere of SV on the horizon, I hoped to discuss with Harvey whether or not he plans on making good with his promises about the marketing of that film, since it's become clear that he's no longer interested in making any pushes with Eleanor. After a formidable opening weekend, the film has quickly lost momentum and is currently dipping and dropping screens. The latest reports (and as a producer, I do receive some memos, if not from Harvey then through Ned) are saying that the Him/Her films are possibly only being released to the NY and LA markets.
Needless to say, I'm very, very disappointed. This project is one I'm very proud to have my name on, but the project that has been released to the public is not the same project that I signed up to produce and act in.
Harvey has a long history of being headstrong in his pursuit to market films properly and to deliver work to the right audience. Usually he is successful, However, undercutting the soul of a project and then abandoning it to fizzle out once it proves to be a difficult sell is where one must draw the line.
Please pass this along to Harvey. I would still appreciate a phone call so that I can be assured that our future endeavors together won't be held to this insufficient standard.
So kind of you to find time in your busy schedule to respond. Let me state clearly that I do not speak for anyone else but myself in these emails, and that neither Ned nor Clarence were aware of my intentions.
I appreciate and understand the work you put into every film you handle, and with a plate as full as yours, it's unrealistic to expect that you will treat every film with the same attention. Some are larger projects than others. I believe in the integrity of your company, which is why I believe it was important to remind you that you had made promises about the handling of a film that was very important to me. Those promises were not delivered on.
I chose to involve myself intimately with Eleanor because it was a script I believed had potential. Ned and I worked closely to craft the story we wanted to tell. We understood very clearly that the film would be a hard sell in two versions. I knew that it would be an even more impossible sell in three. Your reassurances about the marketing and release schedule were among the few reasons I encouraged Ned to recut the film at your insistence. You can understand why I feel a sense of frustration at the recent reports rolling in.
We have several projects down the line together and I appreciate your assurance that those projects have solid plans taking shape for marketing and production. Once Him/Her has a more solid release schedule, perhaps I will feel less apprehensive about the marketing plan. I can only strongly encourage you to take into account the percentage of the audience lost to the reviews of Them that were less than stellar.
Thank you for taking time out to respond to my concerns. Best of luck with The Imitation Game and Big Eyes.