Quentin Tarantino was one of several directors that lobbied heads of studios to help ensure the continued production of Kodak movie film. Mr. Tarantino is shown on the set of 'Inglourious Basterds,' in 2009. Weinstein Company/Everett Collection

Kodak and Studios set to join forces

Faced with the possible extinction of the material that made Hollywood famous, a coalition of studios is close to a deal to keep Eastman Kodak Co. in the business of producing movie film.

The negotiations—secret until now—are expected to result in an arrangement where studios promise to buy a set quantity of film for the next several years, even though most movies and television shows these days are shot on digital video.

Among the big name directors who lobbied the heads of studios to help find a solution were Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, Judd Apatow, and J.J. Abrams, who is currently shooting “Star Wars Episode VII” on film.

In the agreements being finalized with Kodak, studios are committing to purchase a certain amount of film without knowing how many, if any, of their movies will be shot on the medium over the next few years.

“It’s a financial commitment, no doubt about it,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of Weinstein Co. “But I don’t think we could look some of our filmmakers in the eyes if we didn’t do it.”

Mr. Weinstein said he was personally lobbied by Mr. Tarantino, a public critic of digital filmmaking.

July 29th 2014

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Image: Mr. Tarantino is shown on the set of ‘Inglourious Basterds,’ in 2009. Weinstein Company/Everett Collection

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