Just hours after we reported that director Cameron Crowe and actor John Cusack had expressed their displeasure with a Say Anything TV series in development at NBC, the network officially pulled the plug on the project.
Writer Justin Adler and producer Aaron Kaplan had been brought on to develop the show earlier this year, before NBC issued a script commitment plus penalty to the project last night. Deadline now reports that the writer and producer didn't realize Cameron Crowe had never been made aware of the project, and, after he voiced his objections to the series, they both pulled out. Legally speaking, the network could have moved forward, but the writer and producer dropping out and the breakdown of communication between the studio and Cameron Crowe lead to the studio ultimately killing the show.
Our earlier report revealed that efforts were made to bring Cameron Crowe into the loop, but that never actually happened. Sources from NBC maintain they did try reaching the director, while sources close to the filmmaker claim he had never heard about the project until the story first broke yesterday. Cameron Crowe would have reportedly been interested in revisiting his classic 1989 film as a TV series, but he was "taken aback" that the show moved forward without his knowledge or consent.
Cameron Crowe made his directorial debut with Say Anything in 1989, which centered on Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) and his relationship with high school valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye) during the summer after their high school graduation. The now-dead TV series was set in present day, 10 years after the events of the movie, and several years after Diane dumped him. The story follows Lloyd as he tries to jump-start his stagnant life by trying to win Diane back, when she surprisingly returns to their hometown.