As news surfaced that NBC and 20th Century Fox TV are developing a comedy series based on the classic romantic film “Say Anything,” the movie’s writer and director plans to kill the project, reports Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com.
Cameron Crowe, who was behind the 1989 film, took to Twitter to express his intentions. “Regarding the announcement of a ‘Say Anything’ tv show… @JohnCusack,@IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement… except in trying to stop it,” he wrote on Twitter.
Andreeva adds, “While legally studios are within their rights to exploit titles from their libraries without the filmmakers’ consent, getting their blessing is considered the right thing to do because of the creators’ emotional attachment to their movie or TV series. I hear that there was an effort on part of 20th TV to reach out to Crowe but a miscommunication with his executives led to the disconnect.”
Crowe’s objection places the studio and network in a tough position, she writes. “Do they proceed with the ‘Say Anything’ series, which they legally can, over the strong objection of the movie’s writer-director who wants the series dead? From what I hear, that appears unlikely,” Andreeva adds.