Patrick Wachsberger talks franchises, highlights and Polanski
EXCLUSIVE: “We’re going through a sea change,” Lionsgate executive says of the film business today.
This Sunday, industry veteran and sales supremo Patrick Wachsberger,
co-chairman, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, will be honoured at the
Zurich Film Festival with the event’s Game Changer Award, which is
bestowed on an individual who has been able to “successfully navigate
through the aggressively changing entertainment landscape.”
“Then came Step Up – I had always wanted to do a dance movie – and Twilight…”
Few franchises have proven more transformative in the independent business than Twilight, which has grossed more than $3bn worldwide at the box office alone.
“Twilight was a game changer for everyone involved,” he admits.
It could have been very different, however.
“Robert Pattinson only came in three weeks before shoot,” says Wachsberger. “An assistant, who has subsequently become a very successful executive, said, ‘There’s this guy called Rob Pattinson from the fourth Harry Potter…’ I said, ‘Well, let’s fly him in from London’.
“He did his screentest and he got the job. I’m not going to tell you how little the salary was on the first one but of course lawyers were there to renegotiate deals following its success.”
Could we see another episode in the Robert Pattinson-Kristen Stewart behemoth?
“It’s a possibility,” he says. “Not a certainty but it’s a possibility. It’s about Stephenie [novelist Stephenie Meyer]. If she wants to tell a story related to those characters we’re here for her.”
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Sept 24 2016 on Screen Daily
I am all for another Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart movie collaboration!!!! Woop Woop!!!