In the LA Times' Scriptland column, Jay Fernandez delves into an apparent rift between director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and his collaborator, writer Guillermo Arriaga. The latest film from the duo, "Babel," is due for release last this month, but the LA Times reports that the two are at odds over their previous films, "Amores Perros" and 21 Grams," so much so that the paper reports that the writer was banned from attending Cannes this year with the film:
But long-simmering tensions about who is claiming responsibility for the success of the pair's films have recently bubbled over. Though no one is speaking publicly, several of the people invested in the two artists and their project are privately aghast that Inarritu, apparently miffed that Arriaga claimed much of the credit for the critical success of "21 Grams," banned the writer from attending Cannes, where "Babel" had its world premiere. Inarritu, in full "auteur" glory, went on to claim the best director prize. Multiple calls to Arriaga's UTA agent went unreturned, Inarritu's manager would merely confirm the ban and acknowledge the feud, and a message left for Inarritu sits idle.