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Imagination Connoisseur, Omar 94, writes in with his observations about how some of the most successful films were seen as big risks when they were originally pitched for production.

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Hi Rob,

William Goldman, iconic screenwriter behind movies like Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, All The President’s Men, Princess Bride, and Misery, once said “Nobody knows anything” stating how nobody in the industry knows what is going to work.

That had me realizing how a number of the best and most iconic and influential movies got made by taking risks, as nobody knew if it would work.

Walt Disney risked everything to make Snow White, from his company, his house, everything, as he believed an animated movie could be done, when everyone in Hollywood, including his own wife and brother, tried talking him out of it believing nobody would sit through a full length cartoon.

Star Wars was a risk, but Alan Ladd, Jr took a chance on George Lucas to make it. Even after it was made, George Lucas himself believed it would fail. However, what happened was the complete opposite, as it become one of the most, if not the most influential movie of all time.

Nobody wanted to make E.T, so Steven Spielberg approached Sid Sheinberg, who decided to greenlight it. The movie went on to become, at that time, the highest grossing movie of all time.

It’s still true, how nobody knows what is going to work, but when it does work, it can work very well.

Thanks, live long and prosper.

Omar

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