Why Julie Taymor Couldn’t Get $$$ from Hollywood, and What She Did Instead
Julie Taymor has been directing in Hollywood for decades. She stormed into the industry when it openly disparaged women directors. She’s taken on studio heads to maintain her vision. She’s an incredibly original visual storyteller. But it has not gotten easier over the years for her to make movies in Hollywood.
The accomplished director behind Frida and Across the Universe first approached Hollywood sources to finance her future film The Glorias, which just premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. In a panel discussion at the Festival, she was asked about the funding for her film. She had only gotten one offer from a Hollywood source: $10 million. Sure, Taymor has made movies for that amount of money, as she described in the conversation. In fact, she made Frida for around $12 million, but that was 18 years ago. (Even then, the film grossed over $55 million, earning financiers a cool $44 million back on their investment.)
Photo Credit: Film still of ‘The Glorias’; Page Fifty-Four Pictures