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Old 11-24-2012, 05:02 AM   #11
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From AICN Sep 23, 2002:
Originally Posted by Moriarty
I can understand your curiosity. I know that when I opened the envelope that was on the doorstep of the Labs on Friday morning and I realized I was holding the JJ Abrams draft of the upcoming SUPERMAN film for Warner Bros, I was immediately forced to walk inside, sit down, and start reading. I took the script with me to a screening and kept reading until the lights went down, then started reading again in the car on the way home. I read the script twice, cover to cover, and then I started calling friends. Guys who are Superman freaks. We went over the details of the thing, and I ran certain story points by them to see if I was crazy. I think that, based on what I hear from certain inside sources, what I read is still very much a document in transition.

Good god, I hope so, because right now, it’s a disaster of nearly epic proportions.

Marvel seems to get it. Avi Arad didn’t even start in the film business, but he’s got the right idea. Hire people who have a real passion for the source material. Get out of their way creatively. Support them with the right technical teams. SPIDER-MAN and the BLADE films work incredibly well, in my opinion, and DAREDEVIL looks to me like another home run. I’m as open minded about HULK as I can be, and I’m greatly encouraged by what Michael France had to say about the film in an excellent recent interview by Steve Persall of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, because I trust France’s judgement. His FANTASTIC FOUR script remains one of the best superhero scripts never produced, and if he’s excited about what Ang Lee is doing with HULK, then I am, too.

Michael Chabon on SPIDER-MAN 2, the excellent script for X-MEN 2 and the great things I’m hearing from the set... all of this is incredibly encouraging. All of this makes me trust Kevin Feige more and more. Marvel is earning the sort of corporate trust that Pixar has, where no matter what I hear about a film ahead of time, I’m willing to stay open-minded. I’m willing to trust that they know how to bring these characters to life.
From AICN Sep 26, 2002:
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Originally Posted by Harry
Now, you might be asking yourself what possible reason could there be for such a radical change to the character, origin and simple basic character beats as can be found in the draft of SUPERMAN that JJ Abrams has made. Well, there is all sorts of speculation. Stupidity. Dropped as a child. Mental Illness. Arrogance. The typical labels we love to throw at Hollywood, but as Deep Throat once told Robert Redford, Follow The Money.

Sometimes on projects, if a creative exec or screenwriter or actor contributes a basic change to an existing character, they get a percentage of the merchandizing of that character. Ask Jon Peters and Jack Nicholson about "Jack Napier / The Joker" and the money they reaped from that basic change. The sculpted Batman armor black. Who got kick backs from these basic creative elements from the original BATMAN? Why would you push to put SUPERMAN in a black costume Mr Peters back in the days of Kevin Smith? Why the Giant Spider and the Polar Bears? Could it be that those "intellectual contributions" carry a certain amount of filthy lucre value?

Why radically change Lex Luthor's origin... give him superpowers? Why create all this Krypton stuff? Toys. T-shirts. Calendars. PJs. Shampoo dispensers. Getting a piece of all of that adds up to a great deal of money for the folks that pull the strings on projects like SUPERMAN where merchandizing is king. This is the key reason behind most of the changes in the characters and stories you love from the past. All for the love of money... Not to serve the story.

Ever wonder why Jack Napier didn't become part of official D.C. Joker lore? Why he kept his costume the way it was in his books? Why these different universes from Animated to Television to Comics to Screen are all so radically different? Yup - it has a lot to do with proprietary intellectual material as added by folks with a hankering for good ol pie.

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