Originally Posted by efxmaster
Nope. The rights to distribution are negotiated well before the point of distribution. That kind of discussion would have taken place over a year ago. That is kind of the point of a studio paying for the movie to be made. That gives them the right to market it how they see fit. It is a paramount exclusive.
This is true but there is more to it than just signed deals. There are also future business partnerships to consider. Bottom line, Paramount does not want to piss off Spielberg. Spielberg does have the pull. Whether Spielberg will act on it, I am not sure. Its not clearcut as you think ...ergo the Spielberg exception in the Paramount HD DVD deal.