This is the third article in a series about the most overpaid actors and actresses in Hollywood.
You should read the articles How to Increase Your Wealth by $300 Million Hiring Adam Sandler and How to Increase Your Wealth by $75 Million Hiring Liam Neeson first if you haven't read them yet before you go any further.
If you want to generate a 1300% return on your $10.77 million investment then you need to sell at least $280.02 million.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $195 million with the film The Pelican Brief back in 1993 but you could make the argument that two-time Academy Award nominee Julia Roberts and two-time Academy Award nominee John Lithgow were responsible for at least two-thirds of the global ticket sales.
Also, this film is based on the book "The Pelican Brief" by John Grisham who is currently the 33rd best-selling author of all-time with more than 275 million books sold in 42 languages.
It is not a bad idea to acquire the film rights to "Sycamore Row", "The Last Juror", "The Summons", "Ford Country", "The Partner", "The Brethren", "The King of Torts", "The Broker", "Playing for Pizza", "The Appeal", "The Associate", "The Confession", "The litigators", "Calico Joe", "Grey Mountain", "Rogue Lawyer", "The whistler" or any other book or short story written by John Grisham.
In 2003, The Walt Disney Company tried to produce a television show based on "The Street Lawyer"
Clearly, they can make a lot more cash making a Morbius or a Moon Knight film which means they may sell you the rights currently stored in a secure vault somewhere simply collecting dust.
The times have changed a lot since 2003 and they don't want to make more films based on John Grisham's books anymore because you cannot sell a billion dollars in movie tickets with them. However, they may still be profitable for smaller companies like Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and CBS Films.
You could also acquire the entire Theodore Boone series if you want to compete against Harry Potter and Jack Ryan.
The Testament has been in development since 2009. Director Stuart Blumberg has been unemployed since 2012. Now it's a good time to call him and ask him about the film rights to this book. Maybe he will sell them to you for a very low price.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $206 million with the film "Philadelphia" back in 1993 but you could make the argument that Academy Award winner Jonathan Demme and Academy Award nominee Tom Hanks were responsible for at least two-thirds of the global ticket sales.
Jonathan Demme, the director of the film The Silence of the Lambs agreed to direct a film back in 2015 with a very small budget of only $18 million and he may decide to work for you if you hire him to direct a small independent film with a modest budget of $36 million if you hire Denzel Washington or any other talented actor or actress with at least one Academy Award nomination.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $163 million with the film "Crimson Tide" back in 1995 but you could make the argument that Quentin Tarantino was responsible for 99.99% of the global ticket sales despite the fact that his name is not mentioned anywhere in the film.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $100 million with the film "Courage under fire" but you could make the argument that two-time Golden Globe-nominee Meg Ryan, Golden Globe-nominee Lou Diamond Philips, and Emmy nominee Bronson Pinchot were responsible for three-quarters of the global ticket sales.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $151 million with the film "The Bone Collector" back in 1999 but you could make the argument that Golden Globe winner and Academy Award winner Jon Voights's daughter Angelina Jolie was responsible for one-half of the global ticket sales.
Also, a few clueless and poorly educated individuals may have walked into this film featuring Queen Latifah by mistake expecting something else.
I said it before and I am saying it again: If you want to reduce your financial risks then you need to hire at least three hip-hop or pop talented artists for small roles. I suggest Bruno Mars as a lawyer, The Weeknd as Anderson Cooper and Selena Gómez or Ariana Grande as a prostitute addicted to heroin or the Chief of Police.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $102 million with the film "John Q" back in 2002 but you could make the argument that Academy Award winner Robert Duvall, two-time Academy Award nominee James Woods, and Golden Globe nominee Ray Liotta were responsible for at least three-quarters of the global ticket sales.
Sometimes you invest $7 million in a critically acclaimed film like Get Low and you hire Robert Duvall who also has been nominated six times and you still lose money and sometimes you invest more than four times that amount of money in a (CENSORED) like John Q starring Denzel Washington and Robert Duvall and you somehow generate a massive profit.
bbNOTE TO DENZEL WASHINGTON: Share the financial risks and perhaps the massive profits with Robert Duvall. He has $60 million in the bank and he can afford to lose a few million betting on your next risky project.
I believe a comedy starring Damon Wayans for the married adults, Robert Duvall for the retired and a younger talented comedian like Richard Ayoade or Ellie Kemper for the singles could lure all sorts of demographic groups.
You could simply hire John M. Philips and Dan Fogelman as screenwriters and produce a blatant replica of Dirty Grandpa called "Nasty Grandfather" with a modest budget of $23 million.
Did you know Robert Duvall turned down a paycheck for $1,000,000 back in 1989 for a small role in The Godfather Part III?
How do you turn down a paycheck for $1,000,000? Seriously, how do you that? I would like to know.
There are only 15,000,000 millionaires in the entire world. Most of them worked very hard for decades and saved at least half their cash into their bank accounts in order to become millionaires.
If you want to be a millionaire then I strongly suggest you watch the films The greatest game ever played directed by the great Bill Paxton and Working girl produced by Academy Award winner Douglas Wick.
Anyway, I am going off-topic again. Let's go back to Denzel Washington. Shall we?
Denzel Washington did sell more than $184 million with the film Inside Man back in 2006 but you could make the argument that two-time Academy Award winner Jodie Foster, two-time Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe, two-time Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, Academy Award nominee Clive Owen and Golden Globe nominee Christopher Plummer were responsible for at least five-sixths of the global ticket sales.
If you are making a film with Denzel Washington then you must hire Ryan Reynolds if he is available. It does not matter if you give him the role of a taxi driver and he only appears in a couple of scenes in the entire film. Pay him by the second if you must. Get him on the film somehow. I hate to sound like a broken record but you must offer him a percentage of the profits as well. Just like Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump.
A Mortal Kombat film starring Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington could work in this day and age. Apparently, we only want to see films based on comic books, television shows, video games, articles originally published in Wired magazine and YouTube videos.
Roll the dice with him and win big. He may agree to a very small $4 million up-front fee in exchange for a percentage of future profits.
He now has the same amount of money Robert Duvall has and he is only 40 years old.
Safe House was financially successful. You know what? Just go ahead and offer Denzel Washington a job as director in your new spy action thriller starring Ryan Reynolds, Jason Statham and/or Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and/or Kevin Hart.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $180 million with the film Déjà Vu back in 2006 but you could make the argument that screenwriter and Academy Award nominee Terry Rossio, producer and ten-time Emmy Award winner Jerry Bruckheimer, and director and two-time Emmy Award nominee Tony Scott were responsible for at least three-fourths of the global ticket sales.
Denzel Washington did sell more than $266 million with the film American Gangster back in 2007 but you could make the argument that producer and Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, screenwriter and Academy Award winner Steven Zaillian, Academy Award winners Russell Crowe and Cuba Gooding Junior, director, producer and four-time Academy Award nominee Ridley Scott, and two-time Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor were responsible for at least six-sevenths of the global ticket sales.
Ruby Dee was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role category back in 2008 for her hard work in this film.
Art Director Arthur Max and set Decorator Beth A. Rubino were also nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Achievement in Art Direction category that same year for their outstanding work in this film.
Here are some ideas for remakes, sequels, prequels and inbetweenquels starring Denzel Washington:
This comedy starring Golden Globe nominee Mathew Broderick reprising his role as Ferris Bueller, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman reprising his roles as both God and the POTUS and obviously Denzel Washington reprises his role as Private Silas Trip.
The plot? Ask Academy Award nominee Luke Wilson or Academy Award winner Steve Martin.
Out of time 2
This is one of those rare films where everything works and the actors are great and the director is doing a good job and the script is very polished but audiences simply cannot follow a complex plot and they leave the theater scratching their own heads.
Needless to say, they are not recommending this film to their Facebook and Twiter friends.
I think they should hire everybody and make another great film but with a smaller budget of only $25 million just to mitigate the financial risks.
If you were not alive back in 2003 then I strongly suggest you watch this film on your 18th birthday.
John Lithgow has been busy lately and I think a lot of people would pay to see him again fighting against Denzel Washington.
Ricochet is a very cool movie and if you were not alive back in 1991 then you should check it out.
I could not find the first nine films on Amazon or anywhere else but if they could make enough cash to produce ten films then Amazon Studios should hire director Spike Lee again to make another sequel despite the fact they could not turn a profit with Malcom X or with Chi-Raq or with Mo' Better Blues or with He got game.
That movie was ahead of its time back in 1995 but we now have the Sony (NYSE: SNY) PlayStation VR and the Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) Oculus Rift and I think a more educated and connected audience may respond positively to a well-written sequel with Academy Award winner Russell Crowe.
I suggest a modest budget of only $20 million and offer to all the executive producers of the original film a chance to recover their original investment of $30 million.
Both actors are global icons and extremely wealthy and they can afford a $10 million loss assuming they both bet on themselves and assuming they can raise another $10 million on Kickstarter.
Let the consumers decide what they want to watch.
Director Wally Pfister is currently available for a very low price.
I think Shane Carruth and Greg Marcks could create a good script if given the chance.
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Courage under fire 2
A new war film starring Matt Damon, the world-famous Scott Glenn currently working in the television shows Daredevil and The Defenders and the rest of the original cast playing totally different characters in a different war could be a commercial success.
The Preacher's Wife 2
Hollywood now has the perfect formula for a successful romantic comedy and they could simply hire Tyler Perry as the director and Viola Davis or Taraji P. Hanson as the strong female lead.
Flight 2 and Sully 2
There is a lot of demand for disaster films involving a plane but Hollywood is too coward to actually release a film about this controversial topic and they won't make enough of these films.
Academy Award winner Robert Zemeckis convinced his investors somehow and they wrote a $31 million check and they sold more than $161 million back in 2012.
Clint Eastwood convinced his investors somehow and they wrote a $60 million check and they sold more than $188 million back in 2016.
We can handle a new biographic film about a pilot every three years.
Here is what I propose:
You should hire Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington and make two huge films directed by Clint Eastwood and Robert Zemeckis with a massive combined budget of $70 million and release Flight 2 first hoping to sell at least $140 million and if the audiences respond positively then you release Sully 2 a day after Flight 2 leaves the theaters.
Also, the 4K Ultra HD version of the first film won't be released until the second film leaves the theaters to avoid any potential cannibalization.
These films cannot compete with Marvel and DC Comics films and you should sell a ticket at a discount. I envision a marketing campaign where you buy the ticket online in advance before the film is released and if you acquire the ticket for Flight 2 at the regular price then you may get a second ticket to Sully 2 for FREE if the first film makes enough cash to recover the combined investment of $70 million. In other words, if Flight 2 sells at least $140 million in worldwide sales then you get the ticket to see Sully 2 for FREE.
The idea is to sell at least $140 million before the first film is released and use this metric to decide how much the first film should be discounted in order to recover the capital invested and perhaps generate a massive profit for both Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington.
This is simply a very elaborate 2X1 deal.
Tom Hanks is already familiar with the concept of low up-front fees in exchange for a percentage of future profits and he currently has a massive fortune of $350 million.