New Strike Video
We’re now 10 weeks into Writers’ Guild strike against the AMPTP. And what have I been doing?
Well, not writing, appropriately enough, not work-for-hire anyway. But I did manage to script and shoot a five-minute strike video, satirical and noir and disrespectful — if I’ve done my job right, anyway.
Thanks to Camille and Tracy and Joe and all the others who helped pull it together.
Check it out and pass it on, amigos.
THE STRIKE and THE NEXT RIDDICK
So here we are, now in the second week of The Strike of ’07. In case you haven’t been keeping up on Hollywood’s affairs, contract negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP, the studios and networks) have broken down after five months. The reasons are manifold – writers got stuck with a lousy percentage of the DVD market when it first took off and we now seek to correct that error…the producers don’t want to pay writers for an internet download of a TV show or movie – even though they’ve already monetized those downloads with commercials…and pisser of pissers, they’re trying to make us all fly coach. The godless bastards! The day I heard that is the day I knew I’d vote for the strike. We all have our limits. In seriousness, the internet thing – collectively referred to as “New Media” – will be such a financial dynamo for the industry that it can’t be overlooked, can’t be dismissed, can’t be delayed. The producers’ ploy is something like, “Just let us study the situation for three years, then we’ll know what our business model is and get back to you on that point.” Well, we don’t need to study for this one. We’re ready to take the test.
So on November 5 of this year, 12,000 of us hit the picket line. Will it be a long strike or short one? It’s still early, of course, but solidarity among writers runs high. The only frame-of-reference I have is the Strike of ’88 – which lasted a whopping five months and hurt a lot of people in the business, both writers and others. But today’s Guild is a more unified one than the ’88 crowd, better managed and better informed, too. That alone augurs from something less than five months.
Okay, okay, now on to the really important stuff like “What the fuck is happening with RIDDICK?” Yes, I get your emails demanding another movie; yes, I keep bumping into you guys in airports and at conventions and I take your pleas to heart. All I can say now is “We’re talking about it.” The DVD numbers were really good – we know that, and some potential financiers know that. But if another movie surfaces, it probably won’t be a Universal movie and probably will be an independent movie. Which means we’ll have to make it for substantially less than the last installment. But that’s okay. PITCH BLACK was $22 million all in. Maybe it’s time to go back to our roots – as we go on to The UnderVerse.
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
Just wanted to give a little year-end/year-start nod to all of you who have contacted me via this site, fans and critics alike. While I can’t answer all email that comes my way, I do stay after it and wind up responding to most, I’d say. (Okay, “half.”)
Sometimes it’s a Darwinian decision as to which emails get answered. I find myself asking things like, “How intelligent is this guy?” “Why does this email look like it was written with two wounded thumbs?” “Does the 16-year-old kid who’s asking me to buy him a new car really warrant a reply?” So I’ve encountered a lot of new people via the site, some clueless but most cool. Here are a few that stuck on the flypaper of my brain…
Darren Cook in England who somehow procured a lot of Necromonger armor from CHRONICLES and, together with his rabid buddies, goes to conventions dressed as the Legion Vast, facing off against the storm-troopers from STAR WARS and anyone else foolish enough to cross their path. See evidence at…