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CNBC Story: Money worries kill "A-list" Film at Last Minute


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#1 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 11:17 AM

Not a great headline for our industry but as you read through the article it sounds like they were not comfortable with the script more than anything.

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#2 William Demeritt

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 12:30 PM

Not a great headline for our industry but as you read through the article it sounds like they were not comfortable with the script more than anything.

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I recall reading an earlier version of this story elsewhere, and you're right. From what I recall, the exec they mention, Amy Pascal, who was "known for taking a strong hand in the development of scripts" championed the script to Sony. From there, it probably became her reputation in the company on the line. Then, a week before production was to begin, a script was submitted by Soderbergh that was different enough from what she was previously involved in that they pulled the plug on the project.

I guess it becomes conjecture if this is a sign of economic times? I mean, don't projects get yanked like this frequently when the director decides last minute to change the script? The article says Sony already spent an est. $10 million on script development. Sounds like a financially prudent decision, recession/depression or not.
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#3 Lawrence Karman

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 12:54 PM

Seeing as the director was going to DP, operate Steadicam and A camera at least 3 people didn't lose a job.
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#4 RonBaldwin

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:15 PM

jack of all trades...master of none
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#5 Joshua Harrison

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Posted 05 July 2009 - 03:22 PM

I'm not too surprised here. Except for a few shining examples his movies have been largely duds. He insists on shooting it himself and lately not casting actors, stating that using non-professional actors makes it feel more real to him. I'm pretty sure most people see movies, don't want to see reality (we have enough of that crap on tv.) Movies and scripted television are not real, they shouldn't shoulder too closely to reality either, people want superhuman mutants and giant robots from outer space. They want the hero to have the proper comeback line to anything and nobody in the world talks like a Kevin Smith, or a Quentin Tarantino film. Lets face it a movie of your last dinner would probably bore the socks off anyone including your mom. Hopefully Soderbergh realizes this soon and makes an entertaining film, but I guess it won't be this one.

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