Director Mike Gunther on Today’s Independent Film

Hollywood – In town working on Paramount’s Transformers spin-off “Bumblebee”, Director Mike Gunther sat down to give a few thoughts on the state of today’s independent film, something he is encountering while prepping his indie trilogy “Rogue Warfare”.

“As always, a good story is a good story,” he says, “which is the most important thing because today a big star does not guarantee a big opening. Look at the current box office. And audiences are still into small films even if the major’s are not.”

And what does he find the hardest thing about launching an independent film to be?

“The money. Always the money. Financiers still want that big star and almost don’t seem to care about the concept. So you have the money people who want the star, and the audience who just want a good story. But it can be done (getting independent financing) it just takes an enormous effort and belief in your project.”

“Rogue Warfare” is set to begin production spring of 2018 with two other titles to follow.