Hey, filmmakers. What do you do when you want to release your film in black-and-white but the studio insists that you release it in colour? Answer: Shoot the film in colour, transpose it into black-and-white and keep both versions. Everyone's a winner. Well, that's what seems to have worked best in the case of director Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways), who's adamant that his next film gets a theatrical release in black-and-white.
Word on the street is that Paramount forced Payne to shoot in colour, which he did but then transposed into black-and-white, meaning both options will be there. "It’ll be black-and-white for theatrical, DVD and streaming. If they need a color version for their TV output deals, they will have it," said Payne.
The $13 million film in question, entitled Nebraska, is a drama following the dysfunctional relationship between a father and his estranged son, as they journey from Montana to Nebraska in order to claim a million dollar Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes prize.
Nebraska is set for a November 22 theatrical release in black-and-white (hopefully) and no doubt in colour on TV screens at some point in the future.
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