Pardon the un-Pimpernelish exclamation, but that was exactly my reaction.
Recently I was reading a post on Newly Impassioned Soul that mentioned that Fairbanks was remaking The Scarlet Pimpernel, starring Neil Jackson with a $120 million budget. I was intruigued because, well, maybe it'll be a great film. Maybe they'll get Marguerite's looks for once. Maybe there'll be some great quotes. And hey, if it turns out being awful I can always rant about it begin a crime against movie-watchers. :P
But they're not even doing it.
I know I'm a little behind, because they shelved the project a few months ago, but it doesn't change my feelings. Due to 'a change in European Union copyright laws extending them from 50 to 70 years, film adaptation rights to Baroness Orczy's classic Scarlet Pimpernel are no longer in the public domain in the U.K., which means the company's plans have been put on hold for around five years until the rights become freely available again.'
Really, EU? Was that absolutly necessary? Why can't you just keep the copyright laws like they were before?