Sonnenfeld responds to story about Pushing Daisies budget overruns
When I was at the premiere for Daisies at the New York Television Festival last night, my main purpose on the event's red carpet (pictures of and text about the event will be posted on Tuesday) was to ask Sonnenfeld to reply to that article. Luckily, the director of Get Shorty, Men In Black, and The Addams Family wasn't reluctant to respond. "You know, the writer of the piece hasn't written a lot about Hollywood, I think," said Sonnenfeld. "Almost every show after the pilot is over-budget, whether it's Bionic Woman, Chuck, last year's Ugly Betty... I suspect they're all over-budget." More after the jump.
"My role is to make the best shows possible, to get our show on ABC and get as much good press and to make the best shows possible," he continued. "The article... and I called Kim about it... it had a lot of misinformation... I wouldn't talk to her about it, because it's not the right idea to talk to...."
I interrupted Sonnenfeld to ask for an example of the misinformation he felt Masters gave in the article. "We're not wildly over-budget," he said, "And I'm probably going to direct more episodes," something which creator Bryan Fuller confirmed during the post-screening Q&A session.
"The reason why I didn't direct more episodes is that the schedule got changed; I was taking my daughter to boarding school. Truly, what I told Kim when she first called me was... truly, this is a non-story. And there's not a show out there that isn't over-budget after the pilot."
So they are over-budget, but no more so than most shows. I think that's what Barry is saying there. Anyway, I wasn't quite done ticking Mr. Sonnenfeld off; more on that -- and the other things Liz and I learned when at the Daisies premiere -- on Tuesday.
(Update 09/10/07: I sent the article to Kim Masters and asked her to respond. Here is what she said:
"The point of my story is not simply that the episode went over budget but that Sonnenfeld--a high-profile film director who has been portrayed as the architect of this series--was pushed off directing the show because he was blamed for budget overruns.
"I believe Sonnenfeld feels Warner blamed him unfairly for the majority of the overrun. I called him, another producer and his agent to get his point of view. As I told Sonnenfeld, I did what I could to get his side of the story across and his team declined to speak out. (I am told there has been some sort of reconciliation so he may direct future episodes.)
"The assertion that I haven't written much about Hollywood is ridiculous on its face. I suspect that Sonnenfeld meant I have written a lot about film but less about television, which is fair enough. Nonetheless, I am not an inexperienced reporter and I stand by the story.")