I Know Everything - Chapter 618
Chapter 618: Hit Movies.
Todd Phillips sat inside Chen Huan’s villa while receiving an inspecting look from the two Eastern Women.
The cultures from the East and West were different so Todd didn’t dare to greet them rashly while not knowing who they were to Chen Huan.
However, Todd understands that it was probably because of The Joker that he was able to enter Chen Huan’s house.
He was right.
It was The Joker who ‘saved’ him.
As one who loved entertainment and leisure activities, Chen Huan still loved movies a lot.
He happened to see the movies where the clown had the main role.
It was at the end of 2019 where the movie ‘Joker’ shocked the world by grossing over one billion dollars at the box-office and surpassed ‘Deadpool’ to become the highest grossing R-rated movie.
This was a movie in which DC’s very notorious villain, Batman’s enemy, Joker was the main protagonist.
This actually wasn’t a story preaching evil but explored the story that happened before the evil and why he became evil.
Adding the director’s great editing, the perfect performance from the actors and the audience boredom with the usual masked hero and so on… this movie became one of the classics.
Chen Huan liked ‘Joker’ a lot and was very impressed by it.
‘Joker’ would be released in 2019 and the production should be completed in 2018 so the script should have appeared earlier than this so at least in 2017 or 2016.
This time trajectory seemed to be suitable.
In other words, the script written by Todd was likely to be the ‘Joker’ that grossed over 1 billion at the box office.
If that was really the case, this movie was really worth Chen Huan to invest in.
Chen Huan wasn’t someone who hated money and if had an opportunity to make honest money, he would obviously like to do it.
Moreover, Chen Huan loved even more to make money without relying on the Good Lord.
However, it was still necessary for him to confirm whether the script was the one he had seen before they could talk about investment.
So Chen Huan took the script and read it after inviting Todd into his home.
Todd’s script was very detailed with dozens page of contents, sketches of scenes, makeup and description of roles in various scenes of the script.
However, this script had nothing to do with Joker.
To be more blunt, this script should be called the Joker’s Prequel. It told the story of how Joker became depressed and his descent to madness.
There was no reference to the comics or anything else in the script.
This was an entire new storyline.
But Chen Huan was quite satisfied by the read.
Because the Joker movie he liked was this storyline but there were some discrepancies in the script.
This was also normal as it was impossible for the script to be as exact as the movie.
There were some director cuts added, producer cuts added and even the film companies cut added into.
Under those types of editing, those with 80% of the original work could be considered highly original while many of them were completely unrecognizable.
Joker was still alright since there wasn’t that much editing and perhaps it involved the producer Martin Scorsese as this Oscar winning director’s style happened to suit the dark style of Joker so not many things in the movie changed.
Half an hour passed before he put down the script.
Todd finished his black tea as he was relaxed.
Because Chen Huan took time to look at the script, which meant that he took this script seriously as a business opportunity.
The chance of Chen Huan investing was basically zero if he put it down after a few minutes.
“Mr. Phillips,” Chen Huan asked him, “I don’t understand why you wrote this script as Joker is a character from DC comics and you wrote it without their permission so if other people invest in it, wouldn’t it waste money without the approval of Warner Bros.?”
Todd nodded his head, “You’re quite knowledgeable and it’s true about the Joker’s rights but what you don’t know is that I’ve a good relationship with Warner Bros as we worked well with the Hangover series and War Dogs is also produced and released by them.”
“Hence even if this Joker script doesn’t suit their taste and didn’t plan to shoot it, it wouldn’t be a problem to shoot the movie as long as I can find the funds and let them distribute it as long as we pay a copyright fee for it.”
Chen Huan smiled and said, “It’s not that simple, right? How did your talk with Warner go? What is the problem? Why don’t you tell me so I can seriously think of this?”
Todd was taken aback and was hesitating.
Chen Huan didn’t urge him and slowly drank his tea.
Wang Zhen and Zhang Yaya sat down and murmured to each other while wondering what was going on.
They understood English but they didn’t know what they were talking about.
Chen Huan didn’t regard them as outsiders and explained the situation.
“Oh, this can’t be trusted!” Wang Zhen was from the media and knew the entertainment industry, “Yanhuang Pictures had made much investment in the US but it was mostly scams! They started a theater chain as a last resort so we are in a better situation now.”
“These people from Hollywood dare to do anything in order to cheat money! They act like your grandsons when begging for money but then act like a lord when they get it!”
“Right, those people from Hollywood are really shameless. They could make something that could make money into not being able to make money, for real!” Zhang Yaya assured.
Chen Huan nodded as he listened to them as the two women’s advice had some worth.
In reality, the people from Hollywood were worse than what they said and they had no bottom line.
The pondering him said to them, “Don’t worry, I won’t stupidly invest in something without substance. But this script is actually good so I’ll try it if there’s a chance.”
“You’re not a pro so how can you know if this script will work out?” Wang Zhen tried to persuade him.
“But I have the best writer in the world to advise me.” Chen Huan laughed.
Before Wang Zhen could react, Zhang Yaya yelled out, “It’s Teacher Chu Liuxiang!”
“Oh! It’s Teacher Chu!” Wang Zhen nodded repeatedly with nothing else to say.
Teacher Chu was the greatest contemporary writer in the minds of the many Chinese.
Although it was a big title, even those old orthodox literature had praised him heavily after ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ came out.
Even old men were like that, let alone the young.
Those who had artsy aspirations especially worshipped Teacher Chu.
They were all fascinated whether it was ‘A Bowl of Plain Noodles’, ‘Love Letter’, ‘Miracle in Cell No.7’ or ‘The Tale of Hachiko’, which ended its serialization.
The immense popularity of those works represented their admiration toward him.
Wang Zhen was a youngster with literature dream so her admiration toward Teacher Chu was truly deep.
The popular host no longer worried that Chen Huan would be wrong about the script when he had Teacher Chu to advise him.
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