You and Peter are both visionary filmmakers who will fight for those visions. What happens when you clash?
So far we haven’t come to such a crossroads. We argue and we win at different stages. But I think Peter has been, so far, the perfect producer.
Two filmmakers have produced me in my life, both named Peter. One was Pedro Almodóvar and one is Peter Jackson.
Both times my experience has been that they are perfect producers because they understand the producer is not a producer/director.
A producer is a producer. If there’s an emergency, if everything goes wrong, then the producer can – and should – have a strong opinion.
But while everything is going well, on time, on budget and is creatively solid, there’s no need for that.
Presumably working with Peter is not that much different to working with Mike Mignola on the Hellboy movies?
You nailed it. I’d say Mike is as opinionated as if he was another director because essentially he directs on the page. And Mignola, like Pedro and Peter, knows the process – they all know that at some point you’re going to be alone with the beast [laughs].
You’re going to be the guy and you can only trust your own instincts.
You’re not going to be making a phone call from a remote location to ask a question; you’re going to have to make a decision yourself.
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