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James Schamus on how many factors cause a film to fail

focuseryU567.jpgIn a piece about trends in smaller films in Australia, Margaret Pomeranz remembersa knowing remark by Focus Features’ James Schamus, which produces about 10 projects each year. “I asked him how many of those 10 films he regarded as successful. He replied “about three.” Pomeranz was dumbfounded. “But with all your skills, your expertise, your experience,” she stammered, “how come so few?” “Because it only takes one factor to be wrong,” he replied.”

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What about replacing Mr. Spacey with another actor? Mr. Plummer, perhaps.
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