Director Demme Shuns Blockbuster Budgets
Director Jonathan Demme may have been inordinately successful in the 1990s with such hits as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia , but the failure of his 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate left him so disillusioned with the Hollywood system that he pulled away from it. The movie, which cost $80 million to make -- it included such high-priced talent as Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, and Liev Schreiber -- brought in just $65 million. Demme told AOL's PopEater.com, "Filmmaking exists now in a revenue void. To do these high-style films now it costs so much to make them, and I am not comfortable spending a lot of money on a movie any more." Demme has not made a big budget film since -- preferring to devote most of his talent to documentaries and small independent films, including 2008's Rachel Getting Married. He said that after The Manchurian Candidate flopped, he concluded, "The effort going into making these huge-budget Hollywood movies wasn't for me."