This is just one of those things I can’t help but point out, because the idea hit me as soon as I read it. The connections are just too interesting not to mention it. Independent Sources leans somewhat to the right, but I check it out every once in a while, and happened across their post about screenwriter Eric Red and how — even though his drunk driving took two lives — he’s still a free man.
It’s an engrossing story; one that makes you feel for the victims and wonder why this guy has been walking around a free man al this time. I think the answer has to do with one basic truth: in America, you can get as much justice as you can afford. However, what caught my eye was mention of one of Red’s screenwriting credits.
Red has continued to demand a jury trial, even as his fifth appeal was denied by the California Supreme Court last September 21. (He is currently appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.) Meanwhile, plaintiffs’ attorneys — among them, family members of the victims — have unsuccessfully lobbied the District Attorney’s Office to reopen the criminal case. With Michael Bay and Focus Features/Universal set to remake his mid-’80s horror opus, The Hitcher, and Red claiming legal malfeasance on the part of his own attorneys, he could walk away from any liability, criminal or civil, and make his long-imagined comeback.
George W. Bush, who rails against the "pervasiveness of violence" in Hollywood, served for a decade on the board of a company that financed more than two dozen R-rated movies, including one in which a hitchhiker rips a young woman’s body in two.
His presidential campaign said Thursday that Bush played no role in Silver Screen Management Co.’s decision to finance the horror-suspense film, "The Hitcher," which one reviewer in 1986 described as a "massacre about every 15 minutes" and another called "gizzard-slitting depravity."
Oh well, at least Dubya didn’t kill anybody.
For the sake of his victims families, I hope Red does eventually end up where he belongs: behind bars. But should he remain a free man, I think he’s got a pretty good shot at a comeback with the announced remake of The Hitcher. Now that torture is entertainment, in Dubya’s America, a "massacre every 15 minutes" is just what the audience wants; that scene where a young woman gets pulled in two could even be done on camera now.
Even if Red ends up behind bars, the box office returns could still be huge.