Get Low producer Dean Zanuck was raised by top Hollywood producer Richard Zanuck (Alice in Wonderland, Driving Miss Daisy), who was in turn the son of mighty Twentieth Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck. So it’s not a huge surprise that young Zanuck should wind up in the family business. Happily, so far his genes and upbringing seem to be yielding good taste, from Road to Perdition to Get Low, which took eight long years to get made–even with the great Robert Duvall attached. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the $7-million indie at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Zanuck talks about the ins and outs of that process, and what his father taught him, in a four-part interview.
Part One, finding Duvall and director Aaron Schneider:
Part Two, working with Bill Murray:
Part Three, growing up in Hollywood:
Part Four, culmination:
Part Five, the high and low of making movies: