Originally Posted by oink
I can't imagine a scenario where Universal would (even if it was legally possible) release a SS movie on HD-DVD without his OK.
SS has WAY too much Hollywood power for Universal to say "Go fa*ck yourself, Mr. Spielberg."
Spielberg has a sh*tload of power. Could Universal release his films without his approval...? Maybe but he might very well have something in his contract about home video release approval. Even if not, seeing how they "apologized" and retracted the announcement earlier, I don't think they would have the stones.http://www.cbc.ca/money/story/2005/0...l20050927.html
"DreamWorks has ended talks on what could have been a $1 billion US acquisition deal by NBC Universal, amid disagreements about price and creative control, DreamWorks cofounder David Geffen said Tuesday.
DreamWorks SKG, which includes founders Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg, had granted NBC Universal an exclusive two-month negotiating period.
Both sides had previously expressed optimism about the deal, which fell apart Monday. The negotiating period was set to expire Friday.
"We had come to terms with them on price, and there were a million things that needed to be settled," said Geffen, who led the talks for DreamWorks.
"At the very end, they tried to readjust the price, albeit for less than 10 per cent," he said. "People had more time to rethink the thing."
(Yeah, Spielberg can't wait to do some favors for Universal....)
Steven Spielberg said, "I am thrilled by today's announcement of the deal with Viacom/Paramount, who came recently to the table and were able to conclude and sign agreements quickly. Due to my very long history and my loyalty to Universal, I was saddened that after long negotiations and many compromises, we were unable to come to terms with Universal's parent company, GE. Nevertheless, I am truly looking forward to working with Tom Freston, Brad Grey and Gail Berman, as this is an exciting opportunity for each of us to embark on a new adventure together."
(That is diplomatic for, "Drop dead. We had a deal and I have also made you billions upon billions over the years and then you tried to play hardball after we had already agreed on a deal.")
and lo and behold, Spielberg's first big film is coming on BD. With full approval and a new interview done. That's not subtle at all in the industry.