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Wednesday - May 2, 2001
- DreamWorks Announces New Animated Movie Productions
- Pictures From The Mummy Returns Private Screening
- Writers Contract Deadline Passes. Talks Continue.
- News Link of the Day - Video Games to Dwarf Film Industry?


DreamWorks Announces New Animated Movie Productions
(digitalmediafx.com) Jeffrey Katzenberg announced yesterday that DreamWorks has acquired the movie and TV rights to Terry Pratchett's best-selling fantasy novels "Truckers," "Diggers," and "Wings," known collectively as the "Bromeliad" trilogy. "Truckers" will be the first to be turned into a computer animated feature, under the direction of Andrew Adamson, who co-directed DreamWorks' upcoming computer animated comedy, Shrek. Adamson is again collaborating with one of the co-writers of Shrek, Joe Stillman, with whom he is adapting the screenplay for "Truckers."

The books follow the adventures of a group of "nomes" (proper spelling for the books) living in a department store. When their home is demolished, the nomes venture into the outside world for the first time and discover their true, alien origins.

"There are few authors whose work lends itself to animation as well as Terry Pratchett's," says Katzenberg. "His Bromeliad trilogy is a wonderful blend of fantasy, adventure and humor and I am honored to be able to bring his books to the screen, beginning with Truckers. Andrew Adamson is the perfect choice to direct this project. He brought an extraordinary level of ingenuity and enthusiasm to the production of Shrek, and I am thrilled to have an opportunity to work with both him and Joe Stillman again."

In granting the rights to DreamWorks, Pratchett says he was very impressed overall with DreamWorks request. "I liked Chicken Run and Galaxy Quest, and you've got to be impressed when someone from DreamWorks phones up from Hollywood one night and turns up for lunch in Wiltshire, England the very next day."

Pratchett has sold over 23 million books worldwide. His works have been translated into 27 languages and he was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 1998. The 26th novel in his phenomenally successful Discworld series, "Thief of Time," will be published the first week in May by Harper Collins in the U.S., and Doubleday in the UK.

"Terry Pratchett is an incredibly clever and imaginative writer, and I was drawn into the world of 'The Bromeliad,'" says Adamson. "It's a story that lends itself extremely well to being a film, and I immediately wanted to be a part of its telling."

You can purchase The Bromeliad Trilogy (book series) here.

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Pictures From The Mummy Returns Private Screening (part one)
(by digitalmediafx.com) On Monday night, Digital Media FX had the opportunity to attend a benefit private screening of The Mummy Returns (read story here). Here are some pictures from the event:

Universal Studios Store
Upon entering the backlot security gate, you could immediately see the
Universal Studios cast/crew store.

The Mummy Returns Poster
This huge poster for The Mummy Returns hung on the outside
of the Alfred Hitchcock Theater (where the screening was held)

Arnold Vosloo
Arnold Vosloo (Im-Ho-Tep)


(One of the FX posters in the foyer)


Oded Fehr (Ardeth Bay) Hosted the Night's Event


Arnold Vosloo, Patricia Velasquez, Brendan Fraser, Freddie Boath

Be sure to visit Digital Media FX tomorrow for another set of pictures from the screening!

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Writers Contract Deadline Passes. Talks Continue.
(by digitalmediafx.com) As of today, writers no longer have a contract with major studios. Even so, negotiations between the Writer's Guild of America (WGA) and major Hollywood studios continue. Yesterday evening, the WGA stated:

"Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America, East and west and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have concluded for the day and will resume at 12:00 noon PST, Wednesday, May 2nd."

The WGA also has addressed why it is maintaining a press blackout during negotiations:

"In the interest of successfully concluding the talks, the Guild and the companies have maintained a news blackout regarding developments during the current round of negotiations. The decision to maintain a blackout allows the focus of negotiators and the Guild leadership to remain on the talks. Ultimately, it is believed the blackout will best serve the ultimate goal—the satisfactory resolution to the negotiations."

A potential strike would effect everything from animated and live action movies to TV shows (cartoons, soap operas, dramas, comedies, etc.).

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News Link of the Day - Video Games to Dwarf Film Industry?

According to CNET:

"Computer and video games now represent a $10.5 billion industry that eventually could rival the market for movies, according to a trade-organization study.

Game sales have grown 15 percent per year from 1997 to 2000, according to a state-of-the-industry report released Tuesday by the Interactive Digital Software Association, a group that represents video game makers..."

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