– Universal is looking to make a new ‘Scarface’ but no writers are currently attached to the project, however, meetings with possible candidates are currently taking place. If the studio does go ahead with their plans this will be the second remake of Howard Hawks’ 1932 classic, the first being Brian De Palma’s 1983 ode to 80’s excess starring Al Pacino.
– A rather abysmal month for Netflix as negotiations with Starz broke down and the announcement of a price hike of 60% for a popular service, which took effect on the 1st of this month, have sent the company’s once soaring stock into a downward spiral (falling 57% in the last 2 months). The resulting customer backlash caused the humbled CEO Reed Hastings to abandon the price hikes and separate the DVD and streaming businesses. The disc-by-mail business, designated Qwickster, will add video games into the mix and have a separate website as well as billing. Many analysts questions whether this may be a ploy to allow for the eventual sale of the DVD side of things.
This did not make customers any happier. The Twitter-verse, this week, was still alive with the sounds of displeasure. However, not all were unhappy with current events. @blockbuster quickly jumped on the situation with this tweet, “Tweet why you’re leaving Netflix. The top three most creative tweets using #GoodbyeNetflix will win a 1-year subscription to Blockbuster!” As expected there were many takers. Blockbuster, of course, as part of Dish Network Corp will be launching its own subscription-based movie-streaming service next month.