[We hope you’ll bear with us as we also continue to trickle out Sundance reviews over the next week â€” there are still plenty of films we’d like to write about.]
At the LA Times, Marc Weingarten reports that publishers are being inundated with pitches, proposal and story ideas as striking writers are turning to the safe territory of the bound book. The article delves into a lingering attitude that’s been around since at least the days when Falkner headed to Hollywood to drink himself into oblivion â€” that novels are art, what people really want to write, while screenplays are what they end up writing for money. Weingarten gets this quote from a screenwriter named Mark Haskell Smith:
"The Writers Guild is gonna kill me for saying this, but a script is nothing more than a blueprint for a film," he said. "It’s a road map and can’t stand on its own; it needs others to make it a movie. Books are more holistic. They’re less about plot and more about character, emotions, nuance. It’s refreshing to just write about people for a change."
Elsewhere, others are hopping industry boundaries â€” the AP reports that the "Crash" TV series (that’s Paul Haggis "Crash," not David Cronenberg "Crash") that was reported as being in development last year is actually happening. It’ll air on Starz as the network’s "first original drama series," with production beginning this spring… strike willing? Haggis (who’s moved back and forth between TV and film), co-writer and producer Bobby Moresco, and producers Bob Yari and Don Cheadle are among those returning from the big screen version, which we think totally warrants a revisit of 2005’s greatest headslapper of a line: "I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other… just so we can feel something."
Also, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Sam Raimi is dipping his toe back into television with the live-action fantasy show "Wizard’s First Rule," based on Terry Goodkind’s series "The Sword of Truth" and intended for syndication. Raimi is responsible for executive producing the similar shows "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and "Young Hercules," which, you may recall, starred Ryan Gosling.