Last night, Deadline reported that NBC is moving forward with a TV series based on the 1989 Cameron Crowe movie Say Anything, which will be written by Justin Adler (Better Off Ted, Samantha Who?). The project is set a decade after the events of the movie, although, thanks to the vocal objections of Say Anything director Cameron Crowe and star John Cusack, the project may now be in jeopardy.
A new Deadline report reveals that 20th Century Fox Television had planned to ask for Cameron Crowe's blessing to move forward with the show, but this never happened due to miscommunication between studio executives. Both Cameron Crowe and John Cusack first heard about the project last night, and took to their respective Twitter accounts to voice their disapproval, with Cameron Crowe even stating that he is trying to stop the show from happening.
@CameronCrowe me shocked if soul brother number # 1 Cameron wasn't as repulsed at this horror I guarantee it before I even speak to him— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 7, 2014
@kathrynlara34 terrible idea - they never want the creators only to make money off it themselves— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 7, 2014
20th Century Fox Television, whose movie studio sibling produced and distributed Say Anything in 1989, can still move forward with the show if they want with NBC and Kapital Entertainment, from a legal standpoint. However, it's generally considered common courtesy to get the approval from the original project's filmmaker before moving forward. Now that Cameron Crowe and John Cusack have voiced their opinions against the project, sources say it's unlikely the project will move forward, even though they have the legal right to do so.
20th Century Fox Television brought on writer Justin Adler and producer Aaron Kaplan earlier this year to develop Say Anything as a TV series, before finalizing a deal last night for a script commitment plus penalty, as a part of the writer's blind deal with the studio.
The original movie marked Cameron Crowe's directorial debut, following John Cusack as Lloyd Dobler and his romance with high school valedictorian Diane Court (Ione Skye). The show is set 10 years after the events of the movie, with Lloyd being dumped by Diane years earlier, as his life hasn't turned out the way he expected. When Diane returns to their hometown, Lloyd is inspired to win back Diane's heart and start his life anew.
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