RARA-AVIS: Re: Slayground

From: docsavage80 (docsavage80@yahoo.com)
Date: 31 Aug 2010

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    I suppose it depends upon the specific details of the deal. Surely the writer could allow himself or herself the out of restricting it to an adaptation of a specific book. Did not S.S. Van Dine have The Bishop Murder Case with Basil Rathbonde made by a completely different studio than then one that made the William Powell Philo Vance films? They still called the detective "Philo Vance" in the film version of The Bishop Murder Case.

    --- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, "Allan Guthrie" <allan@...> wrote:
    > The point, tho, is not about the success or failure of series adaptations.
    > If an author grants exclusive screen rights to a character in a deal for one
    > movie, the screen rights to that character are held by the producer and
    > nobody else can make a movie of any of his other books featuring that
    > character. Westlake was just protecting himself and making sure his other
    > Parker books could be filmed. Which worked out pretty well for him. Tony
    > Hillerman once signed a movie option that prohibited him from using his own
    > characters in any further books -- not movies, but books.
    > Al
    > ----- Original Message -----
    > From: "docsavage80" <docsavage80@...>
    > http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/story?oid=oid:519304
    > By the way, the idea that Westlake denied the use of the name Parker due to
    > people refusing to sign on for a comprehensive series of adaptations
    > receives verification in the above link to The Austin Chronicle.
    > However, Westlake evidently did not realize that almost all attempts to
    > produce planned out R-rated adventure films or hard-boiled films have
    > flopped, with Shaft as something of an exception. Remember when Kathleen
    > Turner bought the rights to all those Sara Paretsky novels? We only ended up
    > with one V.I. Warshawksi film. Since R-rated film series tend not to produce
    > ancillary merchandise, few people tend to plan them out. Meanwhile, Harry
    > Potter has all its entries turned into PG-13 or PG films.

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