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Derek Haas co-wrote the screenplay 3:10 to Yuma, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. He also co-wrote the film Wanted, starring James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Angelina Jolie. The Silver[…]

Derek Haas on lessons learned from a pirated music industry.

Topic: Hollywood's Next Freak-Out.

Derek Haas: There’s a little bit of trepidation in the halls of Hollywood in that the music business got killed by piracy and so they are nervous about that in terms of how that’s going to affect the industry. Now, as far as original content for the web, that’s real and happening right now but more so in the TV world where a hit show like The Office will have 15 webisodes that have nothing to do with the plots of the show but maybe one character is doing their own thing and people are obviously then going to and downloading it, or just watching it streamed and there’s advertisements playing. That’'s why we went on strike fairly recently is because the studios thought that was promotional and writers didn’t need to get paid to write those webisodes and writers said, “No that’'s original content.” We ended up winning that one. As far as movies go that will be interesting. I do foresee…When Too Fast, Too Furious was going to come out they re-released the original DVD of the original The Fast and The Furious and on that they had a three-minute movie, or kind of like a music video more of what happened between out main character of our first movie and the beginning of our second movie. I could see where that would be a new thing they would start doing on the web like they didn’t for Wanted, but I can see where we are going to do a four-minute movie and we want the writers to write it. It’s going to give everybody a taste and it’s not even in the original movie but some sort of back thing. I can see that happening soon.