Why Should Hollywood Buy The Wrong Guy's Movie Rights?
from the just-wondering dept
While the movie industry is notorious for viciously going after anything that might take away from an existing revenue stream, they seem to have no problem at all paying out all sorts of money for totally unnecessary things. And, we're not just talking about lavish perks for Hollywood stars or overspending on special effects. A few months ago, we wondered why the movie industry paid newspapers for the rights to stories for the sake of making a movie about the story. Newspaper don't "own" the stories they cover. They own the copyright to their specific writeup, but the actual news is factual, and you can't copyright facts. There's no good reason to pay for the story. Yet, now a movie producer has signed a deal with Guy Goma for the right to his story for a movie. Guy Goma, you may recall, was the accidental talking head on the BBC a few months ago. Visiting the BBC offices for an IT job interview, there was some confusion and he was put on the air as the producer of a show believed he was Guy Kewney, well-known tech writer and commentator. Now, if there were some special knowledge Goma had that would be useful in making the movie that might make sense. But, he was just some guy who in a bit of confusion was dumped on stage and made some funny faces as he realized the situation. To make matters even more ridiculous, this isn't even a movie about Guy Goma's experience -- but a fictional story that will just take some element of the story. In other words, it will probably be a movie about a guy who accidentally ends up on the air, but then goes on to become a TV star or something equally Hollywoodish in its ending. It's certainly very nice of the industry to pay Goma for the rights to a story that has some similarities to what happened to him -- but it's still not clear why they would do so. In the meantime, if I were Guy Kewney (the guy who was supposed to be on the show), I might be asking where my cut is of the movie deal.