Archive for April 10th, 2007

Grindhouse Split

10th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

Bad news for Europeans: after the poor opening weekend (a mere $12 million!) for the Tarantino/Rodriguez double bill movie, Grindhouse, Harvey Weinstein has confirmed to Deadline Hollywood Daily that the project will be split into two separate feature films for the European market. In fact, it appears likely that the movies will be split and aired separately in the USA after the lower than expected business.

That’s what Harvey says The Weinstein Co. is already intending to do with the film’s release in Europe: split it into two separate pics, Tarantino’s Death Proof and Rodriguez’s Planet Terror. “Quentin’s movie goes out first in competition at Cannes. He’ll do an extensive 4 to 5 month tour. And the trailer will be all Quentin’s,” Weinstein told me about his European plans. “Then we’ll release Robert’s a couple of months later. By splitting it up, we’re going to do a hell of a lot better internationally than we did here.” Weinstein noted that, even in Grindhouse’s video deal as well as its TV deal with Starz Entertainment Group, it’s been sold as two separate movies.

Authors Rights

10th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

The Authors’ Rights Awareness Campaign is promoting a new campaign to promote authors’ rights.

The 23 April is the UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day. By celebrating this Day throughout the world, UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. For this reason the European Writers’ Congress (EWC), the federation of 55 writers’ associations in 29 countries of Europe, has started a campaign which is called “Texts Don’t Grow on Trees”.

You can support the campaign by signing the online petition.

Sundance Lab Looms

10th April 2007 by Maura McHugh

Lianne, an Irish screenwriter and reader in London, has published her second quarter summary of Dates for your Diary.

There are plenty of items of interest, including the approaching deadline (May 1, 2007) for the 2008 Sundance Screenwriters Lab, and the May 15 deadline for the European Writing Competition of Film Concept.

Get writing!