Tuesday, December 06, 2005

UPDATE: A Holocaust Story Produced by Mel Gibson's Company

Ooh, yeah. That's what everyone wants to see. The idea being that controversy will drive up ratings.

Yeah, because God Knows that Holocaust stories - even 4 hour mini-series on ABC - need to be driven by controversy and ratings. And, more importantly, it has to have a love story, because um, that's important for the drama of the story, too, when only 5200 Dutch Jews from a population of 140,000 survived.

Gee, is it any wonder that Hollywood is losing ratings and revenue?

Christ, Mel. Just leave it alone.

Ms. Van Beek, whose life story is told in this self-published memoir, is more tolerant than me however: "I know his father doesn't believe in the Holocaust - but maybe when there's money involved, maybe they don't care," she added. "His father will probably say this is not real, this is a novel."

UPDATE: And as for dealing with critics of this arrangement, ABC isn't very good at it:
Quinn Taylor, ABC's senior vice president in charge of television movies, acknowledged that controversy surrounding Gibson could help publicize the project. But he had a harsh reply for early critics.

"I would tell them to shut up and wait to see the movie, and then judge," said Taylor, who oversaw ABC's Emmy-winning miniseries "Anne Frank." "I'm not about to rewrite history. I'm going to explore an amazing love story that we can all learn from and, hopefully, be inspired by."
A public relations expert, huh! I'm sure that approach will quiet the din of criticism! Respectful, too!


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