Sony Chief Tom Rothman on Quentin Tarantino and Original Films: ‘You Have to Commit’

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Sony’s movie chief savors a glowing first screening of “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” at the Cannes Film Festival

WaxWord tracked down a beaming Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman after the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” in May. The Cannes audience, which always loves Tarantino, gave him a lengthy standing ovation at the Palais de Festivals. But the early critical reactions were also glowing, hence the happy movie executive, accepting good wishes at the hotel rooftop after-party.

Rothman, at pains to emphasize that his studio wants to make distinctive, original films amid the rush of superhero fare and franchises, called this moment in the industry “the best of times, the worst of times.”

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Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman

Sharon Waxman, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of TheWrap. She is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, and was a Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times.