Eric's sudden rise, in the history of more than half a century of Hollywood, is undoubtedly a unique rarity. It's not about how good Eric's movies are, but in fact, several of Eric's movies, including "Home Alone," "Pretty Woman" and "Running Out of Time," aren't very bright artistically, and There is not much refreshing innovation.
But after Eric's consecutive films have achieved amazing box office results, in addition to the media that have enjoyed and analyzed how Eric's films have achieved great commercial success, attracting customer attention to increase sales or ratings . Several major film companies have brought together professionals to perform a detailed analysis of Eric's films. Many of the results of the analysis will be gradually reflected in the Hollywood film market over the next two years. As movies with children in real life will increase, Cinderella-style love movies will also increase, gangster and police fighting movies will also cause a tide of new movies.
Disney will certainly not be an exception when it comes to studying Eric's movies. But after Michael Eisner had seen several analyzes of Eric's films, he quickly learned that Eric's films were not a box office miracle, as the newspaper analysis did, only to meet the needs of the children's market, capturing the hearts of young women for Cinderella-style love and so on, and most importantly, Eric.
The reason for this conclusion is that all the films in which Eric currently participates have nothing in common in terms of theme. There is no law at all. "17 Again" is a youth school movie, "Home Alone" is a fun movie for children, "Pretty Woman" is a romantic movie and "Running Out of Time" has become a police movie. Movies that are unrelated to each other have been successful. If you want to find the greatest common denominator, Eric is undoubtedly the most obvious.
All these cinematographic projects are handled by him. Of course, "17 Again" is the FOX movie, but it does arise now. No one would think that the success of "17 Again" is due to both James Brooks and Penny Marshall. Eric Williams is the key figure in the movie that made the box office over 100 million dollars.
Then after reaching that conclusion, Michael Eisner paid more attention to every movement of Eric and Firefly, ready to take Eric, and it would be better to put him to work for him.
He is a very ambitious man. As Disney grows and develops, so does its ambition. However, Michael Eisner has not yet become the "Disney Tyrant" that was destroyed by his own hands in the future. With its achievements in recent years, its current prestige within the Disney Group is absolutely unmatched.
As everyone knows, Disney started as an animation company. Although Michael Eisner took a long time after taking office, he focused on the development of live action movies, but he knows it. Animation movies are the biggest advantage of Disney, and it is necessary to maintain the dominant position of animated Disney movies in Hollywood, where real action movies have been developing in recent years. Michael Eisner has also carried out a series of works to expand the negotiation of Disney animated films, organized a large number of releases on video tapes of Disney classics, as well as the authorized extension of image copyright, video , etc. Finally I achieve remarkable results.
Therefore, when Eric became more and more dazzling, and acquired a 3D animation film studio in private. Michael Eisner became increasingly cautious with the study.
3D movies are a concept completely unknown to many people. Michael Eisner also knew a long time ago about 3D movies. However, due to the centuries-old history of cinema, there are sound films instead of silent, color films instead of black and white. Michael Eisner had to pay more attention to this. I had a feeling that 3D movies bring another important new trend that shakes Hollywood.
To this end, he found this year the Oscar-winning Pixar animated short film, "Tin Toy", which was seen and analyzed by the management of the Disney animation department, although the image of the "Tin Toy" baby was very rough, so that the main animators of Disney made fun of. However, after deliberately studying "Tin Toy," of Silicon Valley's invited computer graphic design experts, Disney discovered a number of technical points and difficulties for several Disney executives, and it was claimed that with Pixar technology, always and when they have enough financial support, it is possible to make a 3D feature film of more than 90 minutes, and the quality will not lose with 2D hand-drawn animation.
In his mind, the words of the Silicon Valley experts appeared. Michael Eisner looked at young Eric in front of him. He knew that trying to get Disney involved in Pixar was certainly impossible, and that building his own 3D animation division would not be accomplished overnight.
"Eric, what do you think of this, Pixar is making a movie right now? How about Disney taking care of future distribution?"
As he could not intervene in Pixar, Michael Eisner proposed that the first 3D animation film be distributed by Disney. The idea of distribution rights, at least in this way, can keep matters under Disney's control.
Eric laughed: "Mr. Eisner Why bother now? Pixar's first animation will be completed in at least two years, and if we now sign the contract, we will both run a relatively large risk. "
Michael Eisner took Eric to a sofa and sat down to continue the talk: "Eric, your time in Hollywood is not much, and many things are not very clear, in fact, most big-budget movies must have been Contact the dealer before they started rolling, to ensure that the film is being made in the shortest possible time. The investment for an animated film is around 30 million dollars, for a 3D movie it must be more, such a large investment, if not ready in advance, in the future more risk could be assumed. "
There are also several things that Michael Eisner did not mention, for example, if the animated film becomes a failure, nobody is willing to distribute it, tens of millions of investment would be wasted. And signing a good agreement with the distribution company beforehand can prevent this from happening, and even if it is a failure, part of the cost can be recovered. But don't believe under Eric's supervision, Pixar makes a bad movie.
Eric shook his glass and pretended to contemplate it for a moment before looking up: "Mr. Eisner, I can only say that if animation is released in the future, Disney is definitely my first choice. "
His words were equivalent to nothing. The first option is only one possible option, more often in Hollywood, the first option is rarely the final option.
At the same time that Michael Eisner was disappointed, there was also anger, as Disney's helmsman, it was rare for someone to reject him so bluntly. Although he did not lose his composure, Michael Eisner's tone became much colder: "Eric, you must know, for" The Others "and" Steel Magnolias, "the investment division, still gives me a lot of pressure within Disney, so You have to give me something. Your film cooperation company for next year has not yet been finalized, right? "
Eric felt a coldness and unhappiness in Eisner's tone. I had no plans to find a partner. Negotiations with New Lines have come to an end. He will definitely focus on the development of his company next year. However, thinking about next year, if Firefly wants to grow, it will definitely be under pressure from all sides. It's good to eliminate even an enemy now. After thinking it,
Eric reluctantly extended a finger: "A movie, Mr. Eisner, should know the address of Firefly, so I can only give Disney the rights to distribute a single movie, but it doesn't include videotapes or television."
"Will you direct her personally?" Eisner showed a touch of joy, but still confirmed it carefully.
"Of course," Eric nodded.
Michael finally smiled and raised the glass with red wine: "Then, happy cooperation."
"Happy cooperation." Eric also smiled and touched the cup with the other. I knew the cooperation was over. In Hollywood a lot of people talked like dumb. If you believe, wait until you find yourself with nothing, but sometimes, if you have made a promise, if you later regret it, it will be a hatred with Disney.
As he got what he wanted, Eisner didn't talk to Eric and after a while, he left to entertain other guests.
Eric looked at Michael's figure and sighed softly, sipped the wine in his glass which he didn't know what wine it was.
"Eric you are here, let me sit down and talk," a little hurried, Jeffrey sat down and holding a handkerchief in his hand dried the sweat on his forehead.
Eric stepped aside and left room for Jeffrey and asked, "You won't think about talking about the acquisition with Robert Shea, right?"
"Okay, there's nothing to talk about it" shaking his head, Jeffrey saw Eric's lost look: "what happened to you? Isn't it a good thing to be with Disney? "