There’s little doubt about it, hen it comes to discussing the “X-Men” film franchise, the most commonly cited nadir of the series is a toss between either Gavin Hood’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand”. The winner varies from person to person.
‘Origins’ certainly had the rockier road in the film’s lead-up with reports of creative differences, a difficult production during the midst of the writers’ strike, and the infamous leak several weeks before release. Hood went on to do the well-received “Ender’s Game” film along with the just out drone drama “Eye in the Sky,” but in the seven or so years since the release of ‘Origins,’ the “Tsotsi” and “Rendition” helmer hasn’t spoken much about the superhero film.
Now, discussing ‘Eye’ at the Miami International Film Festival, he spoke with Indiewire about the project and takes full blame for the result and doesn’t regret the learning experience:
“When ‘Tsotsi’ happened, the best we were hoping for, frankly, was to get the film released in our own country. It was made for a very low budget, and so the event that followed, including the Oscar, were not something you planned, and they came, frankly, as a huge shock, and I thought we were very lucky, and it could have been somebody else, but when it happened, Hollywood has a strange sense of calling, and when you’re young, you have a strange way of being flattered by that call, for good or bad.
I’m very grateful because I managed to buy a house off that film, so don’t get me wrong. I own the mistakes I made. I learned a great deal, but I hope that the film tonight is more in my wheelhouse. If you don’t like the film, you can tell me after. I come back for Q&A, and I have no one to blame. It comes from working with a writer who I loved, prepping it with producers who really wanted to make the same movie, and that’s the Hollywood story.”
“Eye in the Sky” is currently scoring a very healthy 71/100 on Metacritic.