While Amazon and Netflix Are Producing Ambitious Movies for Tv, Hbo Is Still Stuck Making TV Movies

May 19, 2017 | Courtesy of slate.com

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Steven Soderbergh did not intend for Behind the Candelabra, his Liberace biopic starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, to wind up on HBO. The director described its bumpy journey to the network upon its premiere, explaining that his initial pitch—requesting a mere $5 million to shoot a script by Richard LaGravenese, with those marquee names already attached—was met with uniform rejection by Hollywood studios.

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