>But then there is the notion (maybe not the fact) that your word at an
>early stage can make the investors go away: "Joe stated publicly that
>you don't have all the pieces, so why should I fund it?" Or, worse
>(and not true based on what you wrote here), "Joe said you didn't have
>all the pieces, so why would Warner Brothers authorize it?"
One, you make the assumption that WB or anyone else would care what's written
in a newsgroup or in an interview. They don't. And wouldn't. WB is also in
the money making business. If someone comes to them with the money, wouldn't
matter what I said except that I'd look foolish (which I'm okay with, it's
happened before). If the money's there, the deal is there; if not, not. The
rest is utterly irrelevant.
There are two kinds of people, those who go public about things long before
they are even close to reality in order to try and get something going (which
almost never works), which gets all the fans heated up about something that's
as substantive as gossamer...and those who hold off saying anything until the
deal is set and signed, out of respect, conservativism, experience and a desire
not to get folks wound up about vague possibilities. I subscribe to the
latter. I've very rarely commented on *anything* until I knew it was a
reality, or even some time thereafter. The few times I *have* said anything
before all the pieces were in place, it almost never came to pass...hence
reinforcing lesson #1 above.
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