LOS ANGELES $$HC B — LOS ANGELES -- Four months ago a handful of studio chiefs complained that movies cost too much and promised to institute cost-containment.
Warner Bros.' Robert Daly said that his studio would play hardball in negotiations with directors and lesser-known stars.
Then-Paramount Pictures Chairman Frank Mancuso indicated that he would put fewer scripts into development.
And Walt Disney's Jeffrey Katzenberg issued a 28-page memo that called for the studio to return to basics -- "a good story, well-executed."
Now, the summer movie season is starting and here's some of the lineup: "Terminator 2" costing about $100 million; "Hudson Hawk" $48 million; "Robin Hood" $41 million; and "What About Bob" $35 million.