Here’s a handful of film related articles that I’ve read recently and are worth checking out:
Guillermo Del Toro has los his second dream project. After two years of development he backed out on the troubled The Hobbit production, and now his adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness is dead in the water. Hitfix does a good write-up on the state of Hollywood and how studios choose to either back or pull out on a project.
Another example of how much the industry relies on facts, figures, test audiences, marketing, success rates and… brain analysis? Enter Neurocinematics.
In-depth interview from 2008 with Stephen Susco, a screenwriter who is also a producer, known for productions like The Grudge. The article clearly shows what a juggling act it is to try and get films off the ground and made. 99% transpiration, 1% inspiration – check.
Even if films do get made, people always seem to find reasons to sue each during the process or afterwards. Take for example Rainmaker Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, the latter being sued for $50+ million for “ruining the (not yet released) film Hoodwinked”. Read the overview at Cartoon Brew, and then sift through the 60 page PDF of the indictment that gives a unique insight into Hollywood contracts, credits and internal arguments and fights. The amount of crazy anecdotes about people allegedly having no clue is incredible!