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Poster: gestroud Date: Jan 21, 2011 6:25pm
Forum: texts Subject: Hollywood Looks to Public Domain for 'New' Ideas

Saw this in USA Today and thought it would be of interest. Seems that movie makers are considering searching through public domain works -- Grimm's Fairy Tales in this article -- for "new" movie ideas with an emphasis on making the darker for modern audience.

"[T]here is little mystery about why studios and production houses are clamoring for such scripts based on public-domain material and stocked with popular brand-name characters. Look no further than Disney's Burton-directed Alice in Wonderland, a 3-D redo starring Mia Wasikowska as an older and more self-determined traveler to an alternate universe, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide last year."

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 21, 2011 10:30pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Hollywood Looks to Public Domain for 'New' Ideas

Fascinating. Too bad Disney and friends increased the time before works enter the Public Domain (Sonny Bono Act, aka Mickey Mouse Protection Act, else the movie studios would have a lot more material to work with. Highlights the reason why PD is so important, to allow culture to remake itself.