Fraggle Rock director angry with Weinsteins

Forget 3D. The new trend sweeping Hollywood is voicing one’s complete and utter disappointment with their films, as well as the studios that make them. The entire crew of Transformers 2 agreed their film was terrible; the director of the new Saw film pretty much admitted that he hates working on Saw films; and now the director of the Fraggle Rock film has blogged about his own production woes. His target: the famously bad-tempered Weinstein brothers.

Director/Screenwriter Cory Edwards took to his blog to warn Fraggle Rock fans about the film’s ongoing struggle to make it to the big screen. He reveals that The Weinstein Company are looking for a new screenwriter to take a pass at Edwards’ script – to make it more edgy.

I will now hand it over to Edwards’ wonderful blog excerpt to explain the rest:

Fraggle fans, I am trying to keep the torch lit for all of you. But we are going to have to weather a few more storms. There are some dark days ahead, my friends. Not to be too alarmist, but I am struggling to stay in control of my own movie at this point. The Weinstein Company gives me no confidence these days. Why?

For starters, they have begun the search for a new writer, presumably to rewrite my entire script from scratch. Now I’m a big boy — I can take the blow if my skills are not up to the high, high standards of the Weinstein Company (he said with too much sarcasm in his voice). But this is happening behind my back, without consulting me or even asking my opinion. I enjoy working with other writers and have no doubt that the RIGHT person could help make any script better. But to not even ask me? Adding insult to injury, the search is basically an open assignment. This means the net has been cast wide, virtually posting in the “classifieds” of the movie business. The Fraggles do not deserve such treatment.

Rest assured, I still have a deal to direct. Which means my hands WILL be on this script. That makes this move by the studio all the more baffling. Hey guys, you know what would be easier? Asking the director to help you get the script in shape, instead of running in your own circles and then showing me something later that I’ll probably hate.

“Oh, Cory, ‘hate’ is a strong word. How do you know you’re going to hate it?” I’ll tell you why. The only overall note coming from the studio is this: “Not edgy enough.” “EDGY.” That’s the note. That’s what they are trying to do to the Fraggle Rock movie. EDGE it up! Let me say right now that “edgy” is one of my least favorite words. Since my earliest days in the client video business, “edgy” has been a sign of someone who doesn’t know what they want. Not only is “edgy” a nebulous, abstract word that means something different to everyone, but it chases the immediate whims of pop culture. WHAT is edgy?? Faster edits? Rock music for the score? Boober wearing some gangsta bling? I have no idea. What I DO know is that the word “edgy” should not be anywhere near this movie.

Head on over to Edwards’ blog to read the rest.

Fraggle Rock is based on the beloved Jim Henson’s television show of the same name.

Discuss: Does Edwards have a point, or should he keep schtum?

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