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Posted by on Jun 5, 2007 in Hollywood, Tomfoolery | 5 comments

Hollywood, Adam and Eve

From Variety:

Disney nabs ‘All About Adam’

Studio purchases Schoolcraft, Simons script


Disney has made a preemptive six-figure purchase of “All About Adam,” a spec script by Alan Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Scott Rudin will produce the project.Spec follows the biblical Adam as he trails Eve to modern-day Gotham after they have a lover’s quarrel. Adam discovers Satan was behind the breakup.

Deal marks the second significant spec sale for the writers; DreamWorks Animation previously snatched up “Mastermind.” That project has Ben Stiller attached to produce, with Cameron Hood and Kyle Jefferson to direct. They helmed the DreamWorks Animation 3-D short “First Flight.”

Another biblical theme with huge potential.

Bruce Almighty did huge numbers, and Evan Almighty will too. Although, the budget for Evan flew out of control due to a number of reasons, including weather and exotic animals, and the break-even point will be higher as a result. If you use the typical studio formula, movies have to earn back three times their budget to break even, assuming the P&A (prints and advertising) budgets follow the status quo. In other words, if they spend a ton of money advertising, as they normally do, they’ll have to gross half a billion bucks to break even.

While Hollywood thrives on secular material, the suits are learning that Christian-themed entertainment plays well outside of the greater Los Angles area. As long as they continue to treat it with dignity, the crowds will continue to spend, spend, spend.

Incidentally, I spent a few months working on Evan.   Like most big-budget films, it had its ups and downs.  But I must say, it was pretty cool working in the Capitol Building’s front yard.

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  1. Interesting concept, except, Apple and Eve, the exact story has been in pre-production for some time. The story, Adam and Eve arriving in the modern world. Her first, him second. She becomes an instant success, he becomes an instant indigent. Now he has to find her and convince her ot give up the modern conveniences and try to find a way back home. The director is award winning Bryan Michale Stoller, the writer is Dick Corman. The two have been partnered since the first try to get the film done in 1993. The concept was registered many times and copyrights ever since 1988. oh yes, the Snake in the tree is obnviously the bad guy who also shows up in the modern world as a major character,

  2. Right.

    Well, having spent eight years ‘packaging’ features, I can say without reservation that ideas are stolen, copyrights are violated and trademarks trod upon with impunity in Hollywood, and the burden of proof is placed upon those with the smallest legal funds.

    It’s part of the game.

    And incidentally…you can’t copyright ideas, only finished works, so I wish you luck in collecting damages.

    ‘Registering’ a concept is a lost cause, and completely without legal recourse. You can copyright your script, but a clever producer can read your script, tweak it, and make a similar movie, and you’re screwed. Fupll scripts can be protected, ‘ideas’ can not.

    There have been very few infringement cases won in good ol’ Tinsel Town. One is the Art Buchwald case, where Eddie Murphy ripped off Buchwald’s story, called ‘King for a Day.’ You can Google it.

    Buchwald won because he’s Art Buchwald, and Murphy probably had no idea he was ripping him off. Most producers don’t know what they’re buying… they jump on stories assuming they’re free and clear of legal encumbrances.

    That said, Mr. Corman, I hope you find wild riches and massive success. The life of a screenwriter is abject misery, unless you’re a known writer in the sitcom world. One of my best buddies from NYU toiled for years writing for for the screens (movies and tv) and finally hit huge pay dirt with a very popular sitcom. And even he hates his job from time to time, despite the seven figure salary.

    But a word of caution: saying a project is in ‘pre-production’ is silly unless you have marketable talent, distribution, and production dollars in place. Otherwise, you’re like the other ten thousand wannabes in LA. You’re script is interesting, but otherwise going nowhere. Those that actually know the business only chuckle at a project that’s been in ‘pre-production’ for 19 years. Call it what it is: a spec script with a highly marketable concept.

    Good luck.

    Finally, after viewing the director’s site, he may be ‘award winning’ and all that, but otherwise, he’s not an earner.
    He lists the famous actors with whom he’s worked, but so what? his previous projects were medicore at best, and Hollywood green lights filmmakers that earn.

    What awards, exactly?

  3. Thank you for your comments. All copyrights, four, are for scripts and a published novel called Apple and Eve. Trust me, even with my 80th birthday coming next year, we aren’t a couple of nuts runnng around. We have records of the script all over town for many. many years. Thanks again.

  4. Another note: We don’t want the riches you so snidely comment about. we want to make our movie.

  5. “Snidely?”

    Seriously, DICK, for all of the trouble you’ve put into it, I hope you do make some coin. You’re in business, right? Or do you make movies for fun and chicks? Heh.

    And if there are copyright violations, and you can prove them, stop wasting your time on these dopey blogs, hire a lawyer and take care of your business. Otherwise you sound like a whiner. (Is that snide?)

    Who published the novel? There was very little info on Amazon. Self-published, perhaps? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    Incidentally, I went back and read the ‘All about Adam’ logline from Variety, and aside from the fact that Adam and Eve are in it, it sounds nothing like your story. So good luck fighting it, you’ll need it.

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