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“Prominent Montreal producer Roger Frappier was shocked to learn Friday that Ken Scott was abandoning their movie The Grand Seduction, a $10 million English-language remake of the 2003 Quebec hit La grande seduction. The movie, which was announced last summer, is set to start shooting this July in Newfoundland, and was to be directed by Scott. He also wrote the screenplay, inspired by his own screenplay for the French-language original.
Scott dropped out to free himself up to direct another remake. On Monday,DreamWorks announced that it was remaking Starbuck, a Quebec film written and directed by Scott that topped the box office in the province last year. Scott will be directing the Hollywood version, which is set to shoot later this year.
Frappier said he and his lawyers are currently looking at all options following Scott’s departure and he wouldn’t rule out a potential lawsuit. He stressed that production of The Grand Seduction will begin as planned and that he will announce a new director within two weeks.
“I was flabbergasted to find out from one day to the next that he was leaving to make another film,” said Frappier. “I’m in the process of changing gears. To just get up and quit a film you’ve been working on together for a year – it’s pretty wild.”
Scott’s agent Maxime Vanasse said Scott was tired of all the delays surrounding The Grand Seduction. It was originally set to shoot last summer and then was delayed by a year…….”
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“Montreal’s annual Blue Metropolis literary festival is luring American novelist Joyce Carol Oates in 2012 by honouring her with the International Literary Grand Prix.
The $10,000 award recognizes a lifetime of literary achievement by an internationally acclaimed writer. Oates’ win was announced Tuesday in Montreal by festival president William St-Hilaire.
Oates published her first novel in 1963 and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times – for Black Water, What I Lived For and Blonde. She has often been a controversial voice, exploring themes of violence, class tension and sexual abuse in contemporary America……”