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.