An interesting article published today by @variety
on how Dame Olivia's case is already having a knock on effect to #Hollywood
dramas based on true events and real people. "'#GeniusPicasso
executive producer Ken Biller acknowledges every script from the most
recent season of the #NationalGeographic
anthology drama was vetted by a lawyer. This necessary precaution was taken after #OliviadeHavilland
sued FX Networks over how she was portrayed in last year’s #FeudBetteandJoan
. “In light of the ‘Feud’ lawsuit, I think the studios have gotten a little more careful about depicting historical figures, and as in the case of ‘Feud,’ there are a few people in our story who are still alive,” he says, noting “Genius,” like “Feud,” is produced by Fox 21.
Dan Futterman, executive producer of Hulu’s road-to-9/11 drama 'The Looming Tower' says #LegendaryEntertainment
hired outside counsel to read through footnoted versions of scripts. “They’d come back with questions, sometimes looking for more source material and sometimes asking for changes,” he says. The concerns were mainly around dialogue. “Would this person have known this at that time?” "#MikkoAlanne
, who adapted National Geographic’s #TheLongRoadHome
’s book of the same name about heroism on the front lines during the Iraq War in 2004, is more comfortable with the process than many, having focused on adaptations for the bulk of his career. But he notes that relying on real-life events in a story can set up the expectation for the audience that everything you’re showing them is true. “My philosophy has always been influenced by what [filmmaker] #CostaGavras
once said, which was, things don’t necessarily have to be literally true, but must be thematically and ethically true and that is the philosophy I strive towards,” he says.
You can read the full article at Variety website titled "The Looming Tower Leads Trend of Emmy Contenders Adapted From History" by Rob Owen .
#dameoliviadehavilland #bettedavis #joancrawford #cinema #gonewiththewind #TheSnakePit #theheiress #drama