The screenwriter Bob Florsheim was once enlisted to work on a political thriller about a secret branch of the patent office which protects the public from dangerous inventions. "I came in after another guy did a rewrite that was a piece of crap," Florsheim recalled. "There were, like, seven different producers, and the day after I got the job, I got three separate phone calls from people saying, 'Don't tell anyone else about this call, but you're only taking calls from me!'"
["I did one draft, then a second, and a third," Florsheim recalled. "It took years." After seven years of writing, he had not had any of his various projects produced.]