The Defeat of Superman Lives by Tim Burton is one of the film industry's most legendary flops. It's so big that his failure is still inspiring movies.
Early projects included Dan Gilroy, the writer and director of Velvet Buzzsaw the striking Jake Gyllenhall thriller, who will absolutely change the way you see the art world on Superman Live's ] with director Tim Burton and producer Jon Peters. After fighting for over a year on the film, he was summarily canceled. In a recent interview with Polygon, Gilroy reveals what profound impact he had on him and his career:
In the 1990s, a million years ago, I worked on Superman Lives (19459019) the most epic one and a half years ago Debacle of all time. I worked on it for a year and a half, and one day, the day before shooting, Tim and I and producer Jon Peters went to Warner Bros. offices, and announced that they were plugging for economic and other reasons pull . I remember that I was only devastated. I worked for one and a half years. This would be a huge movie for me. I was so excited. So I went down to Santa Monica and sat down on the beach. I was trying to process those one and a half years, and I thought, Wow, I could've written all these words on the beach in the sand, waves could've just washed them away. That's pretty much the relevance of what I just went through.
Then I thought, and I thought, "You know, it does not matter. It does not matter to me now because I've worked as a writer and I've grown as a writer, and it does not matter to me if I'm going forward, because I have to assume that this can happen again and I have to make peace the idea that on a certain level I work for myself as a creative slash artist. I have to find a job that is relevant to me, so that it goes beyond what the world thinks of it, or if it is ever seen, if at all.
This experience brought Gilroy on the career path that made him a career Nightcrawler and now Velvet Buzzsaw . He also reveals the more literal impact the experience had on the end of his new movie:
This certainly led me to Velvet Buzzsaw . The final image of the film, the credit sequence, is John Malkovich drawing on the beach while the waves wash away the images. And these pictures are just as relevant, even if they are to be washed away. That's sold at Sotheby's for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Velvet Buzzsaw is now running on Netflix.