Director Cameron Crowe didn't take kindly to news of a planned television sequel to his 1989 romantic comedy-drama Say Anything.
According to Deadline, the filmmaker wasn't ahead of the announcement that NBC and 20th Century Fox had finalized a deal for a script commitment. The series is set in the present, following the events of the 1989 film, with Lloyd Dobler (the role originated byJohn Cusack) trying to get his life in order to impress a returning Diane (originally portrayed by Ione Skye).
Like most people, Crowe vented his frustration on Twitter:
— Cameron Crowe (@CameronCrowe) October 7, 2014
Cusack echoed Crowe's sentiments:
— John Cusack (@johncusack) October 7, 2014
Deadline points out Fox can legally use films from its library without getting the go-ahead from creators -- it's just considered bad etiquette to do so. The article further speculates that this miscommunication, and Crowe's public disapproval, could kill the project.