Director Craig Brewer loses Paramount Deal

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The writers strike has provided Paramount, Universal, and Fox studios with an opportunity to "drop costly ['first look'] deals" according to Variety. Craig Brewer, the Memphis-based filmmaker whose breakthrough film Hustle & Flow prompted a bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival and resulted in a multi-picture deal for producer John Singleton, was dropped by Paramount as a cost-cutting measure.

Brewer, whose most recent film Black Snake Moan earned mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office was recently named as a "New Radical" by Radar magazine. http://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=1&view=page&name=js&ver=1cy8qmn039zwt

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