Supposedly, he was paid 10 million for the LOTR trilogy (each film) and 5% of the gross of each film which makes 175.5 million. Is this right?
Then for King Kong he’s getting paid “$20,000,000 + 20% of the gross (to be shared with co-writer/producer Fran Walsh & co-writer Philippa Boyens),” which now makes him the highest-paid director in history.
My questions are: how does King Kong only now make him the highest paid in history when he got 175.5 for LOTR? Or am I way off on that figure? By ‘highest-paid’ they obviously aren’t including what George Lucas made by making the deal he made originally (to forgoe his directing fee in exchange for 40% of gross and all merchandising) for Star Wars. What do they mean by ‘highest-paid?’ What do they exclude from this description?
And finally: who else make up the top ten highest-paid directors in history?