Re: ATTN JMS: WWZ - You're out?

 Posted on 7/9/2009 by to

On Jul 8, 9:22=A0pm, Jeffrey Kaplan <> wrote:
> Previously on, Joseph Straczynski
> said:
> > (As a parenthetical, so you can follow the process better, when you
> > see "Written by A & B" it means that A and B were actually
> > collaborators on the film, whereas "Written by A and B" means that B
> > was brought in separately.) =A0Ivan Reitman, for instance, always has
> Not necesarily a question for JMS, but for anyone who knows:
> If the writing credits are along the lines of:
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 Written By
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 Writer One
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 Writer Two
> =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 Writer Three & Writer Four
> What's the status of the various credits? =A0By what JMS wrote above,
> Three & Four worked as a team, but were they the first, or the last?
> --
> Jeffrey Kaplan =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =
=A0 =A0 =A0 =A0 =A0
> Double ROT13 encoded for your protection
> "This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought should
> contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land never to this
> day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand." - Aristophanes, 422
> B.C.

It varies. If one writer did the lion's share of the work, he tends
to go first. But that is also sometimes given as a nod to the first
writer on a script. (It's nearly impossible to dislodge the first
writer in, which is why no matter what happens with WWZ, for instance,
my credit will be almost impossible to omit.) So it can be in
sequence, or it can reflect the amount of work done. (The rule is you
have to rewrite no less than 50% of the previous writer's draft to get
an on-screen shared credit.)

BTW, and appropos of nothing, I hear rumors that there may be a
midnight screening of Ninja Assassin at San Diego Comic Con at some
point. That's all I know for now.