…to be made for all the wrong reasons it looks like. Here’s the story from IMDB:
…three Hollywood studios are attempting to secure the rights to make a theatrical movie based on the ABC-TV hit Lost. The reports said that the movie project was being launched primarily to avert a crisis over pay involving the TV cast, who, the reports said, objected to earning only a fifth of what their counterparts on Desperate Housewives do. Undermining the stories is the fact that Lost is owned by Disney’s Touchstone TV, and that its movie studio would likely make any film version of the series; that Lost’s cast is at least three times the size of Housewives’; that the producers must incur the added cost of housing them in Hawaii, and that Lost has not drawn audiences that are as large as Housewives’.
Okay. First up it would be interesting how a movie would work in the shortened time frame than the series. I think the series is really strong because each week a little more is being revealed about one of the characters and it makes you look at them, and some of the others, in a different light the next episode. It’s an interesting format and really does keep you guessing where things are going with the characters and the stories. Would that work in two hours? That’s two hours including a crash? Perhaps they’d have to make it branch from the series…how could it work?
The other issue is pay. Who gives a flying fart what Desperate Housewives got paid? The key statements are at the end there, Lost has a much bigger cast, they’re not bringing in the same amount of audience either…plus they’re getting flown to Hawaii!
You know they should think themselves lucky, they could be working as an e-learning consultant day to day in cold Edinburgh sitting in an office and not seeing sunlight apart from through a window. Perhaps they could refuse the gig and go and help out clearing up in New Orleans or something? I think not, over privileged, over paid and not even thankful for what they have!
What are your thoughts on that? Should they be getting paid the same as the Housewives? Should they be right to complain, or should they just be thankful for the amazing work and enjoy the privilege?