Speaking Freely About The Profit
A couple days ago, one of Peter and Patricia’s spokespeople made a post on alt.religion.scientology with some new info about the Profit. Now the info is interesting but it seemed the spokesperson was just as interested in bashing me as he was in sharing the documents.
That’s fair. I’m not above criticism. I just think much of what was said in the post about me was silly. I agree with the foul mouthed author that I was wrong when I said that I didn’t think there’d be any objection to Peter and Patricia posting 8 minutes of the movie to see. Bob had turned over power of attorney on the film to one of his lawyers, Thomas McGowan who wrote requesting the clip be taken down.
Patricia’s spokesperson finds the letter whiny but I think it interesting that McGowan uses Peter and Patricia’s own claim from 2002 against them. For the record, I think Peter and Patricia should keep the clip up. I don’t see any harm to the film in doing so and people can at least get a sample of the film for now.
There’s also the power of attorney letter posted with Mike Rinder as a witness. This leads Peter and Patricia to claim that Scientology still has Bob by the balls and is making him strike back at critics whenever Scientology dictates like a sad puppet on a string.
Yet we’ve seen no other actions from Bob. He hasn’t cut a swath through the critic community and destroyed everyone in his path or taken to the stage at a Scientology event to hand Tom Cruise a Scientology medal. He settled with Scientology.
The movie was a giant headache and Bob felt he never was going to see a dime back from it and I’m sure part of the settlement was to not release the film. Do I know that? No. I haven’t talked to Bob about it or anything else about the settlement other than for him to say he is happy to have moved on and not have to think about it anymore.
Peter and Patricia’s attorney responded to McGowan and added the wacky assertion that I am acting as an agent for Bob and actively trying to DESTROY THE MOVIE! That’s just silly. I’m not. Not quite so silly is his assertion that I posted third generation clips onto the net in 2002 to specifically to “damage the marketability of the film.” It seems Peter and Patricia still plan to sue me at some point and lay the blame for the failure of the movie not just on Bad Old Bob but on me as well.
They took the film to Cannes. They showed it to distributers. They had ample time to sell the film and failed. That’s not my fault or Bob’s fault. It’s their fault. It’s the film.
That’s not Bob’s opinion. It’s mine. I haven’t talked to him in ages about the movie. I’m not trying to destroy the movie anymore than when I said “Battlefield Earth” sucked. It was my opinion. My opinion didn’t affect BE at all and, unlike with the Profit, I was actually interviewed by a major newspaper about BE. It still didn’t hurt the film. Battlefield Earth destroyed itself.
I think The Profit should be released. People should have a chance to see it. It seems the courts would be the place to sort it out.
And the new mantra is that Bob is trying to stop Peter’s “free speech.” I find it ironic that the people who are upset they aren’t allowed to speak always send out people to speak for them.
The Profit sits on a shelf just where Peter said he would let it sit when Bob told him he wasn’t sinking anymore money into the film after Cannes.
It’s not the only film to end up like this. They are not the only filmmakers caught in this dilemma, although they are the only one with Scientology in the middle.
Orson Welles spent the last decade of his life trying to get the rights back to his final film “The Other Side of the Wind” from his investors. He ruefully stated that they were waiting for him to die to release it because the film would be worth more money after Orson was dead. And he was right. They did.
Patricia’s spokesperson says that Bob and Scientology are trying to financially ruin Peter and Patricia. They had a very successful business creating theme park attractions. Who’s stopping them from pursuing that or any other means of livelihood?
And as far as free speech is concerned, NO ONE is stopping Peter and Patricia from writing a new script, finding a new investor and making a new movie. Let’s hope they treat the next partner better than the first.Explore posts in the same categories: The Profit