Inside Move: Trio’s plan takes ‘Ugly’ turn

Directors Guild nixes waiver requesting triple credit

When scribes Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer sold their script “The Ugly Americans” to DreamWorks-based Montecito Pictures last summer for $3 million, the deal immediately garnered attention not only for being one of the richest ever but also because the trio would direct the comedy together.

However, the threesome may have to wait for their directors’ chairs. The Directors Guild of America has nixed their “directed by” hopes, denying a waiver requested by DreamWorks and Montecito. DGA rules dictate that “there will be only one director assigned to direct a motion picture at any given time.”

While directing duos aren’t unusual — the Coen, Farrelly, Hughes and Wachowski brothers all split helming credits — those teams were granted waivers “based on professional necessity.”

Berg, Mandel and Schaffer are still likely to jointly direct “Americans” — the title is undergoing a name change — but the directing credit is up in the air.

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