Slowly but surely the WGA is climbing back in the saddle. First with an agreement with David Letterman’s company Worldwide Pants Inc., then Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s company United Artistis, and now the Weinstein Company, they are starting to show that their demands are worth discussing.
These companies are going to be the only ones making money, and even though production companies have money oozing from their pores, they don’t like to see others making it when they aren’t. Especially when the consequences are starting to become apparent. Between the cancellation of the Golden Globes, three companies signing deals, and Lion’s Gate currently in talks with the WGA, I think this may start to put some pressure on the big guys who basically turned their backs on the writers in December.
Although the writers and the production crews are feeling the burn much more than the big companies, I think this has given the WGA hopes that they can win, which undoubtedly will help them to continue in their fight.
Weinstein and others who have signed these deals hope the action will help push the studios and writers back to the negotiating table. “It’s important for the business to get the ball rolling and get back to work,” said Weinstein, who with his brother, Bob, launched Weinstein Co. in 2005.
The studios broke off negotiations with the writers in early December and have made no attempt to restart talks.
Weinstein Co. has one movie that could immediately benefit from the interim deal, which had been expected. Right before the strike began, writer-director Anthony Minghella (”The English Patient,” “Cold Mountain”) had begun a rewrite of a script for director Rob Marshall’s planned screen version of the stage musical “Nine.” The interim deal will allow him to continue the rewrite. The film is expected to go into production this year. [Full Story]
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