Re: RARA-AVIS: name changes - Parker

From: Etienne Borgers (
Date: 31 Mar 2002

Normally contracts for books, scenarios... etc picked up by Hollywood have a standard clause saying that if the producer (studio, ... whatever) thinks fit they can "re-use" any character of the story in future films with or without the writers help... and in any context they decide.

So, in case of an existing and rather successful series of books as it was the case with Parker, one understands easily why the agents (or the writer himself, I'm not sure) did not authorize the use of the original name of their "hero" for the film. This led to Walker in the classic Point Blank(Jim is right for the name). I suppose Porter's name followed the same way (even maybe a double reason, as being not even authorized to use Walker again in the new- and very inferior- film).

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--- Rene Ribic <> wrote:
> >
> > > I think Parker was changed to Porter
> > > in Point Blank because
> > > of copyright concerns.
> >
> > You may be right about the reasons for the change,
> but
> > not about the change itslef. In the Lee Marvin
> > version, POINT BLANK, the character became
> "Walker"
> > not "Porter." The name was changed to "Porter" in
> the
> > Mel Gibson remake, PAYBACK.
> >
> >
> IIRC, Westlake himself (or his agent) insists on
> this - I believe it has
> something to do with being able to sell the other
> books separately as
> movies. Somebody else on the list may be able to
> correct or clarify me
> on this issue. (Usually it's Jim D himself that
> performs this function
> but I guess that role will have to go to someone
> else this time).
> Rene

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