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The real reason director Barry Levinson quit the Writers Guild

Among many other things, director Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man) has been a screenwriter for 40 years. And for the first time in those four decades, he requested writing credit for his work on the low-budget film The Humbling, which he directed with Al Pacino starring.

He lost.

Then he quit the Writers Guild.

“In the end I realized that there was nothing I could do that would make any difference in terms of the WGA’s attitude towards their system of evaluating scripts,” Levinson told EW in a recent telephone interview. “You either cooperate or you can show your frustration in this method.”

But Levinson is clear that he didn’t drop out of the organization he was a member of for 40 years because he lost. (Deadline first reported the news of his exit.) He dropped out because he believes the process is flawed. READ FULL STORY

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