There have been some questions as to the validity of my report Saturday about the potential delays with Steven Spielberg’s AI. My source, who I can say does not work for ILM (those people are under enough pressure as it is), stated the holdup might be caused by delays with completion of the special effects.
A source (sorry we won’t name names because we don’t want people losing their jobs) has informed us that the final FX schedule for AI is now running about 3 weeks behind schedule. They will be working double shifts this week to try to catch up, but failing this, Amblin may be forced to move the date of release since Mr. Spielberg rightfully will release no film before its time. We should know something certain sometime next week.
In response to yesterday’s commentary on Joe Lieberman’s plan to regulate the film industry and how they can advertise:
Sol, one of my fellow players at MovieBoss.com, caught my views and felt compelled to respond. Which I think is great. I love getting dialogues going about important topics. Here’s what Sol had to say…
Before we get started, allow me a moment to memorialize Michael Ritchie, the talented filmmaker whose death on Monday was not announced until Thursday morning.
I was recently privy to a conversation between a group of people, where the topic of conversation turned to whether the future Scooby Doo movie will bomb because of the failure of Josie and the Pussycats. The answer is, of course, no. Scooby Doo will not bomb because Universal gave the keys to their potential riot grrrl franchise to the people who made Can’t Hardly Wait. The fact of the matter is, Scooby Doo the movie will bomb due to a lack of Scooby Doo. I’m sorry, but if you are Warner Brothers and you are going to make a movie out of Scooby Doo, you better damn well make sure Scooby spends 105 minutes on screen Scooby Dooby Doo’ing around.
How times have changed.
The Hollywood Reporter announces that “O,” Tim Blake Nelson’s modern day retelling of William Shakespeare’s Othello, has been sold by Miramax to Lions Gate, who is planning a 1500 screen release in August. The film has been sitting on the shelf for two years now (not all that odd an incident for Miramax), due to the changed storyline, which now climaxes with a school shooting where several students are killed.