Tuesday, March 13, 2007

This is Interesting: Lethem's Film Option

I've just discovered (via GalleyCat) that Jonathan Lethem is giving away a free film option on his novel You Don't Love Me Yet to a filmmaker to be selected March 15th, in exchange for a percentage of the budget should the film ever get made. What's more, the plan is for all ancillary rights to characters and "the plot and situations, the notions and conceits and milieu of the book" will be launched into the public domain five years after said films release, where they will be available for anyone to make spin-off works in a variety of media. I hope someone takes Lethem up on this, because I'd like to see what happens in five years. I think it's an inspired idea. My only questions are - why only one filmmaker? Why not let as many filmmakers as want to have a shot? And why wait five years? Why not throw it out there now? But my discover of this announcement follows right on the heels of a long discussion I had with a friend in LA about collaborative filmmaking. I'm very interested in this experiment, as I also am in this one.

4 comments:

Ted said...

why only one filmmaker? Why not let as many filmmakers as want to have a shot?

He's doing that as well, as a separate experiment; see here.

Lou Anders said...

Cool.

Matthew said...

The person who does this film better actually do some law research so that DVD releases don't become difficult for the film (assuming the filmmaker is an independent).

Did that make sense?

Lou Anders said...

Yup.