Paul Schrader had this to say regarding the much talked about drama, which is in theaters this August.
I felt that another storyline was developing, which was people confusing a troubled production with a troubled film, people do this all the time. Whereas in fact, there's very little in common [with the two]. Some of the smoothest shoots in the world make terrible movies, and vice versa.
I got very lucky. I look back on it, and it was a film where a number of things should have gone wrong, and they didn't. James was terrific, Lindsay was terrific, we made a film with a $90,000 outlay of money from our pockets. It looks great, IFC paid a lot for it, and it's in profit already. We got lucky. It's like you go into the casino and put all your money on red, and win."
The Canyons was released August 2nd, 2013 and stars Lindsay Lohan, James Deen, Nolan Gerard Funk, Amanda Brooks, Tenille Repinski, Gus Van Sant, Jarod Einsohn, Chris Zeischegg. The film is directed by Paul Schrader.