Sequel to Golden Compass may be cancelled!

According to this report, the Catholics are pissed off about the movie the Golden Compass so the sequel has been scrapped. Apparently the other ways for kids to become heathens didn’t warrant as many protests, or the protests weren’t as effective, I dunno, because I still see way worse stuff than a frigging fictional movie out there. I suspect this might just be an excuse because the movie didn’t make as much at the box office as it was supposed to.

Nevertheless, the sequel being dumped like this is (if the story is true) a terrifying example of how freedom of speech can be silenced by those who complain the most and yell loudest. New Line’s “contact us” site seems to be not working at the moment. With this Golden Compass business and the whole Hobbit thing, I wonder if that’s a coincidence or on purpose…

But New Line Cinema can be contacted at the following address. Well, this is the snail mail address I found, anyway…it was extremely difficult to get an address on these people for some reason. Word on the street is that they moved to California, but I still could not get an address for California from a reliable source:

Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Robert K. Shaye and Michael Lynne
New Line Cinema Corp.
888 7th Ave., Fl. 19
New York, NY 10106
Phone: 212-649-4900
Fax: 212-649-4966

Or email:

Email: movies@newline.com

The potentially unreliable California address is (well, maybe):

New Line Cinema
116 North Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048

So it might be better to go with the headquarters of New Line’s parent company, Time Warner, which I got from the Warner website:

Time Warner, Inc.
One Time Warner Center
New York, NY 10019-8016
Phone: 212-484-8000

If the Catholics can complain, we can too. But of course we should be NICE, not threaten harm to anyone, and not be rude. If you’re courteous etc., you should have no problem with signing your name. If the letter is in a tone that you wouldn’t want anyone to know it’s from you, don’t sent it.

UPDATE: See a discussion of this on Skepchick. I’ll also clarify that it’s not that I necessarily even want a sequel to come out (the first movie wasn’t that good), I just don’t like the precedent of movie-makers potentially being silenced by religious nuts. Nor do I like the idea of religious nuts getting credit for stopping a movie when it might have actually been financial reasons that shut it down. So the complaining I’m advocating for here isn’t to demand a sequel to be made, but to demand that producers and studios don’t bow to the pressure of a few loud fucknuts.

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3 responses to “Sequel to Golden Compass may be cancelled!

  1. Andrew Vienne

    That isn’t exactly surprising, really. It wasn’t series quality. The pacing was pretty shoddy, and it felt like most of everybody was phoning it in.

    To be quite honest, the only way I could see them making a sequel is if they fired the director and hired someone technically competent in screenwriting.

    Awesome armored bear fights do not make a good movie alone.

  2. Andrew Vienne

    As for the added bit, that makes sense. Though, they’re making a movie of “God is a Bullet”, so I think that it isn’t going to be too bad in the future.

    If a movie like that can be made when the book wasn’t even worth its weight as a projectile flyswatter, I don’t think we have much to worry about, even if it sets a precedent. Bad and good movies both will still be made, and church outrage will probably be a better selling point than anything else.

  3. Yeah, I see what you’re saying and I partially agree. I just don’t like letting these things slide.