With the American press encouraging rumors of a historic crisis within the studio, and with box office forecasts for The Marvels bordering on the downside, the enemies of Marvel They have a golden opportunity to make firewood from the fallen tree.
In less cruel terms, those who have expressed objections to the ways and means of the study can explain these objections knowing that they will be listened to. One of them is the director Albert Hughes who has just revealed why he rejected a rather tempting offer from the House of Ideas.
Hughes, who rose to fame thanks to his music videos and his work with his brother Allen, as Hell in Los Angeles (1993), has revealed on the Happy Sad Confused podcast (via The Playlist) that he had the opportunity to direct the new version of Blade with Mahershala Ali. However, the filmmaker preferred to say “no” and take charge of The Continental, the prequel series John Wick that we have been able to see this same year. These were his reasons.
‘Papa Feige’ and his demands
As he explains, Hughes approached the assignment in a very professional manner, researching all the material released by Marvel to date. “I analyzed all his movies and put them in a spreadsheet: the box office, the credits music, the special effects… I had to get into them to the core.”
Throughout this analysis, he continues, Hughes realized a painful reality: working for Marvel would mean having the eyes of Kevin Feige glued to the back of his neck throughout the production. “Halfway through the process or so, I thought, ‘The controlled nature of that world wouldn’t let me do what I like to do, and I would break down.'” “You never want to be in a place where they don’t want you, where they don’t want you for what you know how to do,” he adds.
“I don’t understand why a real filmmaker would want to get into that system,” points out. “I understand why rookies do it, because that’s what [a Marvel] He is good at finding the right people at the right time. But I think I would have collapsed.”
Here, Hughes allows himself to make an important distinction: “It’s something that’s not often talked about in Hollywood, but there’s a difference between ‘director’ and ‘filmmaker.'” What does this distinction consist of? “A director controls every aspect of his film: A producer can be a filmmaker, and a cameraman too, one of those who are like rock stars. A director is someone who shouts ‘action!’, leaves and comes back from time to time to check how the editing is going.”
Thus, Albert Hughes is clear about who the real filmmaker is in Marvel productions, and his last name begins with “F.” “The producer who has done all this is the most successful in the entire history of Hollywood, with the most successful studio in Hollywood history. So, if I get in there, I have to abandon my ego and prepare for whatever comes, because he is dad and dad is going to ask you for things.”
Although The Continental may not have been the most acclaimed television premiere of the year, we can say that Hughes got away with it. The production of Blade is being one of the most complicated in Marvel history, including director changes, script rewrites and a cancellation of filming. As it is, inhabiting the world of assassins seems preferable in comparison.