Warren Spector originally pitched a Deus Ex-esque title to Disney
But instead was pitched back for Epic Mickey.
Legendary developer, and now Junction Point boss Warren Spector told Develop that he had originally pitched a very Deus Ex-esque title to Disney. However, he admitted, he knew the guys at the company wouldn’t be very interested in it. He was right.
“I remember telling my agent before the Disney meeting that I knew they’re not going to be interested in this stuff,” said Spector.
“I went into the meeting room, pitched them my stuff, and sure enough I was right. The guys started texting in the middle of the meeting. I was convinced they were not interested.”
But the execs weren’t texting outside the room. Instead, it was each other, as Spector had later found out.
“I was standing there and they were actually texting to each other, saying ‘Should we ask him about the Mickey game?’ I really thought I was losing them.
“So they said to me, ‘We have a concept,’ and they were kind of embarrassed, ‘We have a concept for Mickey, we want to show you our idea.’ And they gave me this pitch.”
And hence, formed Epic Mickey. But what about the IP he had originally pitched?
“Disney now owns the IP to it. So who knows – I certainly have ideas of how they would work in a Disney context.”
Here is hoping Disney comes to their senses. Pronto.