Emmett (above, right) had worked for Jerry Bruckheimer, ICM and Mark Wahlberg. At that point he was on his own, looking to get financing for “Speedway Junky,” with Darryl Hannah attached and Gus van Sant exec producing.
And Furla? He was a hedge fund manager. What more could any aspiring indie shingle ask for?
“I met George at a Mexican restaurant and he started writing checks that I thought would bounce,” Emmett recalls. “He was wearing sweat pants.”
But it wasn’t long before “we wound up spending $1.5 million and going to Berlin.” “Junky” was released in 1999.
But while they may not have expected much from that first meeting, they brought to it a combination of industry savvy and seasoned financial chops. Now, 15 years later, the duo have credits on more than 70 films