Collider Interview with Whit Stillman

Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub at Collider interviews Whit Stillman about his new show, the outlook on the possibility of a Barcelona Blu-ray and the status of his Jane Austen film titled, Love and Friendship.

The Cosmopolitans

Then they get comedy executives Joe Lewis and Sara Babineau and they are talking to me about doing a series or something and they have the idea that they want to something in Paris and they called me.  They called me last summer in July.  They wanted to do something in Paris.  I think they had some property they were thinking of buying or optioning and having me rewrite it and I said, “I have so many stories in Paris.”  I’ve forever been pitching these stories in the states and they’d say they’d never do something abroad, I have to change all the characters to be in New York.  So I was doing all these Paris stories in New York – not all of them, but I’d had one.

I read a previous interview with you and you said that you envision this as six episodes if it goes.

STILLMAN: I thought it was going to be more, I thought they were going to want to see ten episodes – this pilot, plus nine.  I’m not sure if it’s just for planning the series bible, or if they want know six episodes ahead, or if it’s only a six episode order.  I think it might just be  a six episode order, which would be ideal because I could potentially write the whole thing and fine tune it.  So I kind of like the idea of six episodes.  It’s like a very long film in chapters.

So you definitely landed financing or is it still being figured out?

STILLMAN: I’m trying to get a little more money and I have a lot of friend types that have always said they know people that want to put money into one of my films and they’re now talking to those people.  So I’ll see if those people come in or if we get a little bit more money from someone else.  We have enough to shoot it, but I’d like to scale up a little bit and not scale back.  We’re doing it really  economically already.  I think it’s an incredibly good deal for investors, because we’re going to do a really good Jane Austen period film for very little money and it will look beautiful because the locations are beautiful, the actresses are beautiful, and digital cameras are beautiful [laughs].