The day after John Ridley took home the Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of Solomon Northup’s book 12 Years a Slave, news broke that things were icy between the screenwriter and the film’s director Steve McQueen. According to TheWrap.com, Ridley and McQueen “were embroiled in a bitter feud regarding credit for the film’s Oscar-winning screenplay…”
Basically, McQueen felt he should share the screenplay credit, while Ridley and the film’s distributor Fox Searchlight felt differently. In the end, Ridley won the Best Adapted Screenplay prize while McQueen shared the Best Picture Oscar with fellow producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Anthony Katagas.
I don’t know the particulars of the arrangement between Ridley and McQueen, specifically whether or not the director/producer actually put finger to keyboard, but the alleged “beef” raises the question of when/if it’s ever appropriate for the person(s) that…
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