29 May, 2007

Stars and screenwriters pair on passion films


"A dozen screenwriters have formed a cooperative venture that will target the passion projects of major stars in an effort to give both scribes and thesps more control over the creative process.

The new company, dubbed 1.3.9, will marry those projects to their writers, who'll generate spec scripts that will benefit from notes provided by the other member scribes. The writer will own the project when it is shopped to studios with the actor attached, and 1.3.9 will be involved as a producer.

The venture is just getting under way with screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie ("Valkyrie"), Erik Jendresen ("Aloft"), John Lee Hancock ("The Rookie"), John Ridley ("Undercover Brother"), Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal ("Losing Isaiah"), Graham Yost ("Speed"), Howard A. Rodman ("Stompanato"), Stephen Chbosky ("Rent"), Barbara Benedek ("Sabrina"), E. Max Frye ("Something Wild"), Ron Nyswaner ("The Painted Veil") and one writer who declined to be named."

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