December 12, 2014 at 10:57PM
Securing rights to remake film
My creative partner and I recently began developing a live-action mini-series based on an old Dreamworks movie. The series would not be for profit, and would be released online over a period of weeks upon completion. However, we are unsure as to how to proceed when it comes to securing rights. While the original film wasn't very successful, upon brief research, it still seems impossible that we would ever be able to afford the rights of a major film studio, assuming they would be granted at all.
Is it wise to approach the studio, anyways, with our request? Or as others have done (ex. Nightwing web series, Warner Bros/DC comics), should we develop the series regardless? We would fund the project ourselves, so we could feasibly do so without having secured the rights, though we could run the risk of being shut down mid-production.
So far, most articles have recommended we simply ditch the project entirely. Any comments appreciated.