On optioning the script, but having to let it go:
“It was a very expensive piece to keep and I simply couldn’t get the film made. Nobody wanted to see the movie, nobody wanted to make the movie. I couldn’t watch the film when it came out, I saw the movie in my head the script was so powerful I saw the entire film in my head because it was so powerful.”
Daniels didn’t think a straight directer could do the film justice, but he watched the film 15 years later and had this take:
“I saw it and Ang Lee did a really good job. As a matter of fact, he did it in a way that was palatable for many heterosexuals around the world. I would have probably been more in your face with it, and he did it in a different perceptive. So kudos to him. And I told him that.”
– Director Lee Daniels, on coming to terms with passing on directing Brokeback Mountain.