This may be news to some of you, but making a movie is haaaaard. In terms of storytelling, it’s probably one of the hardest things out there simply because of all the moving parts going on. You have the locations, the crew, the equipment, the actors, and dozens of other things to keep track of, so it usually is best to at least have your script in order before you jump into the fray that is production.
Unfortunately, things aren’t exactly that easy. Oftentimes problems arise, or ideas emerge on set, leading to extensive rewrites during the production process. And it sounds like that’s exactly what happened during the filming of DC’s upcoming villain-centric comic book film Joker, which is directed by Todd Phillips and stars Joaquin Phoenix.
Speaking with MTV, actress Zazie Beetz revealed the whole thing:
“Script was great. We rewrote the whole thing while we were shooting it. Literally, we would go into Todd [Phillips]’ trailer and then write the scene for the night and then do it.”
While it does seem counterintuitive that a script could be great if they rewrote, the implication could be that whatever they ended up with was great, but it’s pretty hard to tell based on the interview. Armie Hammer went on to joke that the writer of Joker will probably be pissed that she said that, but then she quickly added:
“I mean he was there too. He was helping out. During hair and make-up, we’d memorize those lines and then do them, and then we’d reshoot that three weeks later. We had to do everything then because Joaquin [Phoenix] had lost so much weight that we couldn’t do reshoots later on so we were figuring it out. But Todd’s quick at getting stuff done so we always had extra time. Which was great.”
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) January 26, 2019
So what does mean for the movie? Who the hell knows? Reshoots and on-the-fly rewrites are now a commonplace aspect of the business, but you’d be forgiven for feeling at least a tad unsettled that they had to rewrite so much the night before. Comments like that really cement this idea that Warner Bros. is rushing things out to make a release date rather than letting them take the time they need to get fully developed.
But at the end of the day, the work will eventually speak for itself, so we’ll have to wait and see. Do you have faith this will be a good movie? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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