Coppola’s friend George Lucas encouraged him to revive development for Tucker. The filmmakers devised a $24 million production budget, but Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, TriStar Pictures and Paramount Pictures wanted Coppola and Lucas to lower it to $15 million. Distributors were also dubious about working with Lucas after the 1986 commercial and critical failures of both Labyrinth and Howard the Duck. Lucas decided to cover the $24 million budget himself, and production proceeded.
“A creative can never learn anything from his mistakes,” he said. “The first time you learn from a mistake, you turn into a piece of shit. … The business world says you have to do that—you make a mistake one day, you learn from it the next day. Not a creative. You can be cautious. Or you can be creative. But there’s no such thing as a cautious creative. Don’t give your failures a second thought.” – George Lois
He was a movie maker. There were images that moved on the screen and they should be, in his estimation, exciting, and funny, and dramatic— inthemselves, valuable. So it was very revealing about how he thought about movies…he was interested in the vividness of the moving image over the words that were being said.
“Anybody can write dialogue. What do we see on the screen?” – Walt