'Say Anything' Series Put into Development, Killed Within a Day

October 7, 2014


Less than 24 hours since a sitcom sequel to Say Anything... was announced at NBC, director Cameron Crowe has managed to kill it thanks to Twitter, the modern boombox of blasting emotions at people as loudly as possible.

Word comes from Deadline, where just yesterday it was reported that Kapital Entertainment and 20th Century Fox were developing a series that would pick up a decade after the events of the 1989 film, focusing on Lloyd Dobler's attempt to win back Diane. The two apparently broke up years before, and John Mahoney must be so fucking smug about that.

As news spread about this terrible idea, new levels of its terribleness arose as Crowe revealed that no one even bothered to consult with him on this thing. "Regarding the announcement of a "Say Anything" tv show... @JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement... except in trying to stop it," the writer/director tweeted.

Star John Cusack, too, got in on voicing his disapproval of the adaption. "Hell no !!" he tweeted in one of his clearer critical rants, adding the slightly less coherent, "No end to the exploitation of other people's sincere efforts in shameless slime."

Anyway, no need to worry about that anymore, because amid all this bad publicity, apparently 20th Century Fox has quickly decided to shelf the project. It's said, "Legally, 20th TV could've proceeded with the series without Crowe's consent but the studio executive did not want to do it without his blessing as their intention all along had been to have his consent." Hopefully they'll keep that in mind before they start development on their We Bought a Zoo reality series.

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