DAILY NEWS: "Clerks" Series Bumped; WinStar Carax Pact; Artisan and First Look Grab Sundance Films
by Eugene Hernandez and Maya Churi
>> Kevin Smith: "How we got fucked by ABC.Hard."
(indieWIRE/2.23.2000) -- The Disney-owned television network,
ABC, has yanked Kevin Smith's "Clerks: The Cartoon"
debut next month and moved the program to a late May launch,
killing its chances of making ABC-TV's fall lineup (which will be
announced earlier in May).
In a statement published on the NewsAskew.com website, Smith
lead with the headline, "How we got fucked by ABC. Hard." He
indicated that the network moved the program after receiving
negative scores at test screenings in San Diego and Ohio. Smith
countered that the Network did not recruit 18 - 24 year olds -- his
self-proclaimed "key demographic" -- for the screenings.
"This is why t.v. sucks, folks," Smith quipped, "And - with the
exception of 'The Simpsons', 'Law and Order', and 'The
X-Files' - this is why I use my television solely as a means to
watch DVD's, videos, and porn."
Miramax and Smith used Sundance 2000 as an opportunity to
build awareness for the new animated series. ABC-TV then
promoted the show with spots during its Super Bowl broadcast.
"So let's all give Disney-owned ABC a big round of applause."
Smith added in his online message, "I can't believe we got fucked
hard by the mouse twice in the span of a year. Fucking suits, man.
I don't know why I bother... " [Eugene Hernandez]
[To read Kevin Smith's complete message, visit:
>>WinStar Acquires Three Carax Films
(indieWIRE/2.23.2000) -- WinStar has nabbed theatrical rights to
three new films from French filmmaker Leos Carax, including
his latest movie, "Pola X." The company also acquired the
filmmaker's 1984 film, "Boy Meets Girl," and his 1986 effort,
"Bad Blood." WinStar's Wendy Lidell told indieWIRE that
the company will release the 80's films in conjunction with the
theatrical debut of "Pola X."
"I am thrilled about (the deal)," Lidell told indieWIRE,
"Especially thrilled to have the first two films, i think it
contextualizes "Pola X." She indicated that they will target younger
moviegoers, shooting for the same success that Sony Pictures
Classics had in selling "Run Lola Run."
Carax' "Pola X" debuted at last year's Cannes Film Festival
before screenings at the Toronto and New York film
Carax is perhaps best known in this country for his 1999 film,
"Lovers on the Bridge." [Eugene Hernandez]
>>IPO-bound Artisan Nabs "Panic"
(indieWIRE/2.23.2000) -- Artisan Entertainment, which
yesterday announced plans for an IPO, also announced the
acquisition of Henry Bromell's Sundance 2000 debut,
"Panic." The Hollywood Reporter indicated yesterday that
the pact was for more than $2 million.
The film, which features William Macy, Donald Sutherland,
John Ritter and Neve Campbell, was written by Bromell.
>>First Look Pictures announces the acquisition of "The Opportunists"
(indieWIRE/2.18.2000) -- The Overseas Filmgroup, Inc.
announced that its First Look Pictures has acquired North
American theatrical and television rights to Myles Connell's
debut film, "The Opportunists." The film premiered at this
year's Sundance Film Festival and was originally part of the
Sundance Film Makers Lab. The film is set for an early
summer release. "The Opportunists" tells the story of a Queens
auto mechanic and his struggle between his commitment to his
family and the the lure of easy money. The film stars
Christopher Walken, Cyndi Lauper and Tom Noonan.
For more information on the Overseas Film Group visit their
website at http://www.ofg.com.