thedude wrote:Mookie4ever wrote:On a related note why does Hollywood do this and put out similar movies at the same time? It happens time and again.
Paul Blart Mall Cop/Observe and report
Antz/A Bugs Life
and the worst of all Dangerous Liasons/Valmont - the exact same book done within a year of each other
I suspect that they hear through the grapevine about an idea and another film co steals the idea and tries to get it out first. Crazy way to kill your business.
Also Deep Impact/Armageddon
I imagine that when one studio hears about an idea that is green lighted at a competitor some executive says to himself "Damn why didn't i think of that..." and he goes and looks through the pile of scripts on his desk or in a file cabinet and discovers that his studio already owns a script with a similar plot, but just hasn't thought about since it bought the script.
Additionally, it is probably easier to sell a idea/script to a studio if the plot of the movie has already shown to be a good idea by another studio investing millions in it.
Basically it comes down to the fact that the big studios (Fox, MGM, Disney, Sony, Universal , and Warner) aren't original and don't like to take chances.
Yep, I've also heard that sometimes if 2 or more writers start on a project they dont always finish it, one will split off and write his own very close to the other one.