A sad update to the news of the fire at Universal Studios over the weekend: Yesterdays reports of there not being any damage to the film archives on the lot appear to be incorrect. I came in this morning to an email from Universal noting that “nearly 100% of the archive prints” stored on the lot were destroyed in the fire. I’ve seen reports that the elements, meaning original camera negatives and/or interpositives and internegatives, did survive. Hopefully, this is indeed true, and there weren’t any films “lost” permanently, but in these cases it isn’t uncommon for losses to go unnoticed for many years. Another unfortunate part of this is that much of Universal’s back catalog of films will likely remain unavailable in 35mm for many years to come.