It seems that revolutionizing home video, video on demand, and television isn’t enough for Netflix, now the media giant has its sights set on feature film distribution as well with its plan for the martial arts drama sequel Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny. Netflix has already dabbled in film distribution buying documentaries like Mitt and A Short Game and exclusively releasing them on their service, but releasing Crouching Tiger II is a whole new game, and given the way that Netflix has torn down walls in the business models they’ve conquered so far, I’d say that Hollywood studios would have legitimate reasons to be concerned after next summer. (more…)
If you once owned the rights to a franchise that makes 10 figures every time at bat, wouldn’t you sue for more money? That seems to be the tact being taken by Bob and Harvey Weinstein who yesterday brought suit against Warner Bros, owners of New Line Cinema, stating that they’re owned more money from the franchise they sold: the rights to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. How’s that? Well, it’s kind of a long story. In fact, you’d need a whole trilogy of three-hour films to tell it in the most excruciating detail possible. (more…)
Scream 4 came out in 2011 to less than spectacular results, a fact that was both surprising (the first three movies were blockbusters) and unsurprising (but that was ten years earlier). But so confident was Dimension Films that there was still money in the franchise, they greenlit a Scream 5 before the release of number four, but two-and-a-half years later, there’s been no talk about progress on a fifth Scream, and instead there’s been a lot of talk about a Scream TV show. So where do things sit with Scream? Let’s wish upon a Weinstein for the answer…
Harvey Weinstein, while talking to a crowd attending the Zurich International Film Festival, offered some words about Scream beginning with an update on the next film, which Weinstein hopes will be the last one. “Everyone lived in Scream 4,” he told the audience. “I’m begging him to do the movie and just end it. We’ve milked that cow.”
Nice to hear a studio exec use that analogy when talking about one of his artistic properties. To be fair, not “everyone lived” in Scream 4, but I take it he referred specifically to David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox, the stars of all four Scream movies. Personally, I don’t see what the point of having a grand finale Scream 5 would be, I think Scream 4 is a pretty good coda for the franchise as it is, and maybe made a little bit of a statement about trying to recapture lightning in a bottle. But then again, Scream 5 isn’t the only potential future Scream project.
Weinstein also talked about the in-development Scream series for MTV. Surprisingly, the Hollywood titan divulged that the series wouldn’t have much in common with the movies aside from the name, and instead it will deal with more supernatural happenings as opposed to real world threats like teenage slasher killers.
It makes sense, but it’s curious given the involvement of former Criminal Minds writers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin, who are writing the pilot, because serial killers are right up their alley. Still, following around a Ghost Face killer all season long is probably unsustainable for a series, even if it would be an interesting, slasher movie spin on recent acclaimed series like The Killing or Broadchurch. Either way, Wes Craven is directing the pilot with an eye for a summer 2014 debut.
Scream 5, meanwhile, has no script, stars or director.
What do you think Bastards, interested in more Scream?
The success of Harry Potter, Twilight and The Hunger Games has added up to one inescapable conclusion: there’s gold in them thar young adult book sections! So despite the rather hit and miss success of turning well-lived YA novel series, Hollywood will keep trying, as it will try once again with the long in the works adaptation of Artemis Fowl. The series, by author Eoin Colfer, follows the adventures of the titular 12-year-old millionaire criminal genius who’s introduced to the world of fairies and magic, and it seems that some big talent is coming to together to bring Artemis to life.
First of all, the movie is going to come from the once unlikely re-teaming of Disney Studios and Harvey Weinstein, who parted ways with Disney after failing to buy out his and brother Bob’s company Miramax, but I guess they’re all now Fowl weather friends. (hehheh)
Also signed up as producers are actor Robert De Niro and producing partner Jane Rosenthal, as well as screenwriter Michael Goldberg (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Green Lantern) who will be penning the script.
“With its balance of mystery, adventure and family appeal, Artemis Fowl is a natural fit for Disney,” said Sean Bailey, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “We’re looking forward to collaborating with Harvey on this exciting project.”
“I feel as though everything is coming full circle considering Bob De Niro and Jane Rosenthal brought me this book while I was still at Miramax and within hours I told them I wanted the rights to the film,” said Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, in a statement. “This is a special project for me because my children absolutely love this book. This story is for everyone and there is no one better than Disney to make a film that will excite people young and old.”
The Artemis Fowl series has been in one kind of state of development or another at Miramax since 2001, and when last we heard about it was in 2011 with My Left Foot director Jim Sheridan at the helm. It’s been relegated to development hell ever since.
What do you Bastards think, interested in seeing an Artemis Fowl movie?
Peter Jackson‘s The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy was a huge success both financially and critically, but when the project was just getting started, it had a rocky road to travel and almost never was. In a recent sit down with The Playlist, Jackson recounts the beginnings of the LOTR project.
We went to Harvey Weinstein after “Heavenly Creatures.” We pitched the idea of doing “The Hobbit” first actually. My original idea [was] do “The Hobbit,” and if that’s successful, we’ll do “The Lord of the Rings” as two movies, back to back after that. Harvey went away and looked into the rights because we didn’t know how the rights were placed at that stage. We just asked Harvey to inquire on our behalf and he came back and said “The Hobbit” was difficult because MGM owns some of the rights, and the Saul Zaentz Company owns some of the rights, but “The Lord of the Rings” was a lot easier because it was entirely owned by Saul Zaentz. MGM didn’t have anything to do with “The Lord of the Rings.” And it so happened that he was in business with Saul Zaentz at that exact time — they were just making “The English Patient” together. So we had no idea that Saul Zaentz had the rights, so it was just a very, very lucky piece of timing that we made that phone call to the right person at the right time. And Harvey got excited about the idea, and he ended up supporting the development of “The Lord of the Rings” for a couple of years,
Harvey however, wanted it all in one movie. Disney owned Miramax at the time and ran the numbers and said, “‘Fantasy films don’t make money.’” Then Jackson went on with the story.
Then Harvey said to Fran and I, “You’ve got to make one movie, or I’m going to take it away from you, and I’ve got John Madden lined up to direct the one movie, and I’ve got Hossein Amini to write the screenplay.” He had other people all set to go on making “The Lord of the Rings” as one film, and then our manager negotiated a four-week turnaround where he said to Harvey, “You’ve got to give Peter and Fran a chance. They’ve worked on this for too long. You’ve got to give them a chance to set it up somewhere else as two films.” Harvey gave us four weeks to do that, and then he was going to take it back and it would be the end of us.
That began a studio hunt for Jackson in hopes of saving his then two picture Lord Of The Rings deal. Jackson was shown the door every time he tried to get the deal going until he was left with New Line Studios. With Harvey’s four week clock ticking down, Jackson was willing to try anything to hook that studio fish.
“I remember we had a meeting with New Line the following day, so what we did was we kept canceling it, and we kept saying, ‘Listen, we’re really busy, we’ve got to take a meeting about it here, we’ve got to take a meeting about it. It’s going out of control. We’re not going to be able to see you today, but we’ll try to fit you in before the end of the week.’ And we put this whole pretense on that this project was so eagerly sought after [laughs], which is complete crap. And we went into New Line’s office at the end of that week, and the credit really ultimately belongs to Bob Shaye who was the head of New Line at that stage. He looked at the reel and said, ‘You know what I don’t get is why you want to do two films.’ And we thought, ‘Oh, here we go. He’s going to try to make us do one film now. The same story.’ But the very next thing he said was, ‘Why would you do two films when there’s three books? Why wouldn’t you do three films?’ And that was the way he took the project on.
The shenanigans that go on in the film industry usually make good stories and this is sure one of the good ones that doesn’t involve a donkey and compromising naked pictures.
Via: The Playlist