5/26/2010 interview with Brett Ratner
http://www.cinematical.com/2010/05/26/i ... tt-ratner/
Cinematical: I know Beverly Hills Cop IV is a project you're interested in down the line. Why is it that movies like that seem to ebb and flow in terms of momentum, and what does it take for something like that to get made?
Ratner: When you're on a roll in a franchise, even Rush Hour took three years in between, so it's hard. Michael Bay's [Transformers], that's a machine; he's focused on that and that's his full-time, 24-hours-a-day [job]. I'm spreading myself thin a little bit, but these are hard things. If I just said, "this is my next thing" and spent all day 24 hours a day doing that movie, you can't do that. You can't put all of your eggs in one basket. I'm trying to create my own [projects]; I have a comic book movie, Youngblood, Harbinger is a movie that I wanted to make, and there are movies that I attached myself to that I was interested in but for some reason, whether it was location or budget or schedule, I just couldn't make it work. It's not easy. I was a guy who made a movie every year, but now I'm being a bit more thoughtful about what movie I'm going to do next because I don't want to be just the go-to guy on franchises. I want to create my own franchise or do something like what Bryan did on X-Men where he did something from scratch. So there's this original tower heist movie that will probably be my next movie that I've been working on; it was Trump Heist before, because I've been working on it for two and a half years and gone through seven writers. But I'm passionate about that story and that's what I'm kind of doing – I'm in between working on Hef, working on that movie, God of War, but I always come back to Tower Heist. That's a movie that fits me, and I'm not a strategist, I'm more of an instinct guy; when I read a script I go "I want to do this." But I haven't read a script that's been given to me that I was like, "I've got to make this right now." It's like there's a script I really like, I like the story, but the script needs work and I want to keep developing it. Or, well, if I can get this actor for this movie – for the Brian Wilson story if Philip Seymour Hoffman would do it then I'll do it, but if not, I can't see myself doing it. So many things need to come together to make a movie go [into production], so it's just hard. But I'm not one of those guys who makes a movie every ten years. I'm not so precious about it. I don't feel like what I'm doing has such importance.