A few years back an argumentative interview in Fortune Magazine by Tim Carvell stated that, if you had a plan for successful Hollywood movie all what you need to hold big budget to hire popular celebrities in leads, with best graphics animation designers. But what if, you don’t have such blasty budget of $100 million for a dreamy Hollywood film?
Have you ever wonder about the 12 years Hollywood magic with humor by Bob Simonds?
The journey of Robert Simonds in Hollywood is not easy to walk in the field of production. But still, his struggling days during his careers lead him now as one of the most successful producers in Hollywood. With his very young age of about 34 years, Robert Bruce Simonds Jr was the well-known name in the entertainment industry. As we now talk about his current age with many more business plans as the entrepreneur, founder, chairman, producer even as CEO of STX Entertainment he has earned not only millions and billions but gained respect worldwide.
Many of Bob Simonds films were not liked much by people in critics but still, his this doesn’t affect the popularity of the young producer especially after seeing “The Wedding Singer”. Even his “Dirty Walk” was not appreciated and was even reviewed as, “brain dead”, “leader”, “taste-deprived”, “lifeless” and “desert of comedy” in New York Times. Despite this huge criticism, Robert Simonds co-produced films were loved by teenage audience worldwide.
Meanwhile Casey Silver, the former chairman of Universal Pictures signed Bob Simonds for a contract with the studio for earlier projects in the same year. Although Mr. Simonds didn’t give blockbusters hits, even his 11 films didn’t even gross over $100 million at domestic box office, but still his co-productions were not that costly,even few are not more than $10 million to $35 million as to claim at least $60 million to $200 million budgets on action or science-fiction movies.
Robert Simonds, start off his career in production in the year 1990 with his first release, “Problem Child”, this was actually a comedy film directed by Dennis Duggan under the co-production of Producer Robert Simonds Partners with TPG featuring John Ritter, Michael Oliver, Michael Richards, Gilbert Gottfried, Jack Warden. The movie was actually about a 7-year boy who plans comical torments for animals, nuns etc.
However, with critical views and notices, the movie earned $72 million in domestic box office which was quite impressive as compared with movie budget of about $10 million. Bob Simonds even said once in an interview in regard to this movie that he had just read many critics in articles about the movie earnings and appealing people not to go to watch this film.
In fact, Simonds himself told that the secret of his movies is that the scripts are only developed after signing of the stars in leads. He further concluded that “We build the machines around them and customize the machines to their sensibilities,”. “The goal is for the movie to have a purity of sensibility that will make it idiosyncratic and fresh.”
It, not a universal rule that Robert Simonds idea will always work in production whether it’s fresh or not. Simonds better know how to take out a profit from his movies which are not that big blockbusters like “Dirty Work” and “Half-Baked”. Significantly looking towards the positive strength and attitude studios are still eager to offer and to do business with him.
In addition to his business deal with Universal Pictures, he agrees an exclusive agreement to produce shows for Disney’s Touchstone Television. With his production skills, Bob Simonds is also working on film projects for Drew Carey. David Spade and Martin Lawrence. He simply admits that he makes movies because they are fun and his biggest fear is when someone is going to take away his toy.