Writing Credits for COWBOYS & ALIENS In Debate
COWBOYS & ALIENS has gone through eight different writers and writing teams (not to mention several studios) dating back to the film’s beginning in 1997. DreamWorks was in development on the film for over a decade with Universal, which will release the film domestically in July of 2011 (Paramount, which owned the rights from their previous ownership of DreamWorks will release the film internationally).
DreamWorks and Universal say that Cowboys & Aliens is based on a 2006 comic book written by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg The studios submitted paperwork to the Writers Guild of America (WGA) stating Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof as the writers of the picture, which isn’t going over well for the writers that worked on the screen play BEFORE Rosenberg’s comic.
The comic wasn’t published until nine years after the first Cowboys & Aliens screenplay was written, which begs the question – which writers get the writing credit? in the WGA paperwork submitted by the studios, the film is said to be “Based on Platinum Studios’ Comic Book Created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg”; which means that the writers that worked on the screenplay will not receive residuals on their work.
It’s not uncommon for movies to go through different writers, but with Cowboys, it looks like there might be a big deliberation in the future for the WGA!