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United Artists seeks pact with writers

United Artists, the indie arm of MGM headed by Tom Cruise and CEO Paula Wagner, is huddling with reps of the WGA about inking an interim pact covering the studio’s film projects.

The WGA recently signed such a deal with David Letterman’s production company, allowing writers of his late-night talk show to get back to work. A deal with UA would be notable because it would represent a first film company deal and allow UA to get cracking on new script development and execute any necessary rewrites on active projects.

Asked about rumors that talks on an interim pact were ongoing, a UA rep first said a statement would be coming shortly, but later he said nothing would be issued and declined further comment.

A WGA source said several indies are engaged in some level of negotiations on possible interim production pacts. But the guild insider added that nothing with UA was so imminent as to suggest an announcement would be coming this weekend.

Notably, UA postponed production on Oliver Stone’s My Lai Massacre project ?Pinkville" in mid-November, saying it needed a script rewrite that couldn’t be done because of the writers strike.

Skeptics at the time thought that might have been a convenient excuse after the Cruise starrer ?Lions for Lambs" opened to disappointing business earlier in the month. So it will bear watching if any interim deal with the WGA is followed by the studio’s getting Stone’s project back on track.

<font size=1>Source: Hollywood Reporter</font>

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Front Page, Industry News

United Artists seeks pact with writers

United Artists, the indie arm of MGM headed by Tom Cruise and CEO Paula Wagner, is huddling with reps of the WGA about inking an interim pact covering the studio’s film projects.

The WGA recently signed such a deal with David Letterman’s production company, allowing writers of his late-night talk show to get back to work. A deal with UA would be notable because it would represent a first film company deal and allow UA to get cracking on new script development and execute any necessary rewrites on active projects.

Asked about rumors that talks on an interim pact were ongoing, a UA rep first said a statement would be coming shortly, but later he said nothing would be issued and declined further comment.

A WGA source said several indies are engaged in some level of negotiations on possible interim production pacts. But the guild insider added that nothing with UA was so imminent as to suggest an announcement would be coming this weekend.

Notably, UA postponed production on Oliver Stone’s My Lai Massacre project ?Pinkville" in mid-November, saying it needed a script rewrite that couldn’t be done because of the writers strike.

Skeptics at the time thought that might have been a convenient excuse after the Cruise starrer ?Lions for Lambs" opened to disappointing business earlier in the month. So it will bear watching if any interim deal with the WGA is followed by the studio’s getting Stone’s project back on track.

<font size=1>Source: Hollywood Reporter</font>

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Front Page, Industry News

United Artists seeks pact with writers

United Artists, the indie arm of MGM headed by Tom Cruise and CEO Paula Wagner, is huddling with reps of the WGA about inking an interim pact covering the studio’s film projects.

The WGA recently signed such a deal with David Letterman’s production company, allowing writers of his late-night talk show to get back to work. A deal with UA would be notable because it would represent a first film company deal and allow UA to get cracking on new script development and execute any necessary rewrites on active projects.

Asked about rumors that talks on an interim pact were ongoing, a UA rep first said a statement would be coming shortly, but later he said nothing would be issued and declined further comment.

A WGA source said several indies are engaged in some level of negotiations on possible interim production pacts. But the guild insider added that nothing with UA was so imminent as to suggest an announcement would be coming this weekend.

Notably, UA postponed production on Oliver Stone’s My Lai Massacre project ?Pinkville" in mid-November, saying it needed a script rewrite that couldn’t be done because of the writers strike.

Skeptics at the time thought that might have been a convenient excuse after the Cruise starrer ?Lions for Lambs" opened to disappointing business earlier in the month. So it will bear watching if any interim deal with the WGA is followed by the studio’s getting Stone’s project back on track.

<font size=1>Source: Hollywood Reporter</font>

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