I'm currently wrestling with a producer/director who has quoted the following sources to me (I kid you not) as ideas for what she wants the film to be like:
Butch Cassidy Jaws Witness The Outlaw Josey Wales The Deerhunter
So a buddy movie, thriller, love story, western, drama, war movie? It's like trying to hit a constantly moving target. Every time I do a new outline based on her latest ideas she hates it.
I have the feeling that if we could get someone else involved who could help pin her down to exactly what she wants, we have a great story waiting to break out.
When it works well, the collaborative aspect of film is one of the best parts of the business, but when it doesn't, it's pure hell.
Thanks for the article reminding us of that.