- Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s creative differences led to their split from the
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
series, resembling a “real divorce.”
- Glover emphasized a collaborative approach to writing, while Waller-Bridge preferred a singular vision, highlighting their contrasting creative philosophies.
- The departure of Waller-Bridge allowed Glover to take full control of the project, working with a talented ensemble cast to explore the complexities of love, identity, and duty within the spy genre.
Recently, Donald Glover shed light on the departure of Phoebe Waller-Bridge from the anticipated Prime Video series Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Initially paired as co-creators, the duo’s split from their joint venture has sparked interest and speculation. Glover’s reflections reveal a clash of creative visions, likening the separation to a “real divorce”.
Per TVLine, Glover’s candid insights into the dissolution of their partnership highlight the fundamental differences in their creative processes. While Waller-Bridge’s success with Fleabag underscored her singular vision and writing prowess, Glover, known for his work on Atlanta, emphasized a collaborative environment through writers’ rooms. This divergence in creative philosophies underscores the intricate dynamics of collaboration, especially when visionary minds converge on a shared, but massive, creative endeavor. Glover said:
‘Oh sh-t, this should have worked.’
And this is just me being honest, but I think a good relationship is one where you don’t waver from the extremely uncomfortable. And I don’t know if we were ever going to get to a place where we could be completely brutal to each other.
I don’t think we ever felt comfortable enough with each other. And that’s okay.
That’s what happens when you’re two captains.
It’s like, ‘This is how I run my ship. ‘Well, this is how I run my ship.’ And it’s such a big idea, this show, I don’t think it can have two captains. I mean, she rewrote the pilot, and I saw her script and I was like, ‘It’s definitely not my style,’ but if she’d done it with her in it, we’d all be like, ‘This is a great f-cking show.’
It’s like a real divorce.
The hardest part is knowing when to say it’s over. Like, when do you quit? Because you want to be cool, like, ‘Oh it’s over, that’s fine,’ But we both put a lot of work into it. We both were working really hard. So, who gets to keep the cat? But I’d brought [Sloane] in, and also, I feel like Phoebe wasn’t fully in love with the thing. But I feel really good about the fact that if the thing was feeling more like hers and she was like, ‘I just love this,’ I would have been like, ‘You should have it.’
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The series, which has now found its Jane Smith in Maya Erskine, navigates the thrilling and intricate lives of married spies. The 2005 film featuring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is given a fresh twist, immersing the audience in a narrative filled with spy missions, opulence, and surprising developments in the lives of a married couple engaged in secret operations. The departure of Waller-Bridge was a pivotal moment for the project, rooted in differing approaches to storytelling and production.
Against the secretive backdrop of a spy organization, this series melds action, romantic entanglements, and dramatic moments, portraying operatives’ lives marked by luxury, espionage, and the unique challenges of a prearranged marriage. The ensemble cast, including Parker Posey, Wagner Moura, Michaela Cole, John Turturro, Paul Dano, Alexander Skarsgård, Eiza González, Sarah Paulson, Sharon Horgan, Ron Perlman, Billy Campbell, and Ùrsula Corberó, adds a layer of depth and diversity to the narrative, promising viewers a multifaceted exploration of love, identity, and duty.
The Untold Story of Glover and Waller-Bridge’s Collaboration and Creativity in Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The story of Mr. & Mrs. Smith extends beyond the screen, reflecting the complexities of collaboration in the creative industry. Glover’s reflection on the parting with Waller-Bridge—as a moment of recognition of irreconcilable creative differences—offers a glimpse into the emotional and professional challenges faced by creators. Their split, while difficult, was marked by a mutual understanding of their distinct creative paths.
As the series embarks on its journey without Waller-Bridge, its premise of espionage intertwined with the intricacies of an arranged marriage speaks to the unpredictable nature of both love and creative endeavors. Glover’s stewardship of the project, alongside Erskine and a stellar cast, sets the stage for a series that explores the boundaries of storytelling and character development within the spy genre.
Mr. & Mrs. Smith on Amazon Prime Video represents not just a revival of a cinematic story, but also an exploration of the dynamics of partnership, both on screen and behind the scenes. Glover’s openness about the challenges faced highlights the delicate balance required in creative collaborations, where the convergence of differing visions can either forge groundbreaking narratives or lead to decisive splits.
Release Date February 2, 2024
Creator Francesca Sloane, Donald Glover
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