Generally, the studio is keeping budgets under $30 million, though movies Spielberg directs will be costlier. Delivery Man kept its cost down after Vaughn, who can command $5 million for a studio comedy, took a reduced fee in exchange for backend. The old DreamWorks would have spent far more to make the film. “They are being very careful and thoughtful about the movies they want to make,” says producer Frank Marshall, a longtime Spielberg confidant who has a producing deal with DreamWorks.
Who would have thought that Dreamworks, when it launched in 1994 with Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen as the new Hollywood moguls, would turn into more of a small, almost art house studio?