John Cones, a lawyer, has written a well-researched book on the subject of how business is transacted in Hollywood, and what happened when things didn’t go as planned, although a cynic may wonder that things did in fact go as planned (the cost of doing business theory.) Buchwald, Garner, Welch, Newman, Hoffman, Brando, Beatty, Goldberg, Fonda, Hepburn are among dozens who got involved in lawsuits with, it’s safe to say, one or more of all of the major film studios, usually over profit participations and other contractual issues. The years of waiting wasted, and in some cases the destruction of careers, is depressing. This is a lengthy excerpt from his book.
How the Movie Wars Were Won