Skip to comments.Texas balks at Hollywood take on Waco tragedy
Posted on 05/30/2009 8:37:24 PM PDT by smokingfrog
Saying movie twists facts, Film Commission denies it a state rebate, but filming will go on
Movie producer Emilio Ferrari vowed last week to move ahead with his $30 million screen depiction of the deadly 1993 clash between federal agents and Branch Davidian cultists, even though the Texas Film Commission says the project could taint Texas image and is unworthy of taxpayer support.
The movie, Waco, would be the first feature-film treatment of the 51-day federal siege of David Koreshs Central Texas compound that led to the death of four federal agents and more than 80 cult members.
Ferrari, whose production credits include Baby on Board, starring Heather Graham, called the incident the nations biggest tragedy, after 9/11.
And this was by Americans against Americans, he said. Its been completely swept under the rug. I think people have a right to know what happened. Im not a political guy at all. Im making a story from every point of view.
The Texas Film Commissions director, Bob Hudgins, said the movie would not be eligible for a state rebate of up to 15 percent on in-state production costs because the movie doesnt accurately portray Texans. In language creating the stipend, lawmakers specified that Film Commission grants should be denied movies that distort facts to make Texas look bad.
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> Im not a political guy at all. Im making a story from every point of view.
Sure you are.
Will they show Gen Wesley’s Clark involvement in the siege?
Starring Tom Cruise at Janet Reno?
It’s about time someone shined the light on this Clinton fiasco. Regardless of your opinion on the Branch Davidians, those people could have been left alone to no harm,or picked up on their way to Wataburger on Sunday morning. BUT, the local coppers had new toys to play with and wanted to be sheriff/soldiers for some kicks.
I’ll never forget watching this stupid fiasco on the local news. “Stay off the roof” was all I could say as the guys climbed up only to be shot with high power rifles zipping through the thin plywood they were standing on.......
OK Freepers: Who would you cast to play Janet Reno? John Lithgow (World According to Garp) would be a good choice. Abe Vigoda is also a possibility.
Doesn’t sound as if this guy is approaching the story from the wrong angle. The man who made the documentary “Waco: Rules of Engagement” contributed to the making of the movie.
What I would really love to see is a Michael Moore-style documentary/celebrity-pursuit of former FBI sniper Lon Horiuchi, who played a bloody role at Ruby Ridge and apparently at Waco as well.
It seems he still works for the gummint. And amazingly, no one can find a photo of this man less than twenty years old.
Who will play Koresh? I think Johnny Depp would be perfect.
We can be sure they’ll mention the fact the four federal agents killed were all former Clinton bodyguards, too. And the only ones there, I believe, by yet another amazing coincidence.
Will Ferrell played Janet Reno back then on SNL.
‘Starring Tom Cruise at Janet Reno?’
Nah. He’s too short and not manly enough... :-)
‘Will Ferrell played Janet Reno back then on SNL.’
I thought of him as I hit the post button. Good choice.
These types of people would be content living in their compounds and bunker miles from society and they would never bother anyone. Also remember Ruby Ridge was about 1 sawed off shotgun.
(and in case anyone gets the wrong idea, Bush was not governor during the Waco incident. It was Democrat Ann Richards. Bush was then a private citizen running the Texas Rangers baseball club into the ground.)
And David Hyde Pierce as Weasely Clark!
Starring: Wil Farrell as Janet Reno
Perez Hilton as David Koresh
Rob Blagovich as Bill Clinton
Iirc, the Branch Davidians were from all over, not just the US.
Well, the "Governator" thing isn't working out for Arnold...
Iirc, The Montana Freemen were involved in issuing securities they did not redeem (fraud). That is what got them in trouble. Iirc, no one got killed in that one.
True but Bush 41 was president when the whole thing began.It was his justice department and the ATF that got things started.
Just remember, the entire effort was “for the childrunz”
Didn’t work out to well.
Also, don’t forget Ruby Ridge was under Bush 1.
It depends on when you consider it “started”. The first confrontation was on February 28th, 1993 which was during Clinton’s presidency. If you want to include the surveillance, etc. then it would have started months earlier. But the powderkeg wasn’t lit until Clinton was in charge.
You said, “bush was the president”? Hardly: from wickipedia nutcase;
The Waco Siege (also known as the Waco Massacre) began on February 28, 1993 when the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) attempted to execute a search warrant at the Branch Davidian ranch at Mount Carmel, a property located nine miles (14 km) east-northeast of Waco, Texas. An exchange of gunfire resulted in the deaths of four agents and six followers of David Koresh. A subsequent 51-day siege by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ended on April 19 when fire destroyed the compound. Seventy-six people (24 of them British nationals) died in the fire, including more than 20 children and two pregnant women, along with Davidian leader Vernon Wayne Howell, better known as David Koresh.
Someone once commented to me that there was probably a "Patriot Underground" movement in America.
I told him that there wasn't. He asked how I knew.
I said: "Because Lon Horiuchi is still alive."
Waco is an example of what happens when do gooder organized religious types demand that government step in and do something when a group of people think and worship different than theey do. Also, why we went into Somalia after countless pleas to save the starving children.
This will be a no-name movie that probably comes and goes quickly...with no one really paying $7 to watch Waco. Even for TV purposes...I see little value. If you pulled up the actual event...it was like a comic opera...with folks on both sides acting crazy. Imagine a Christian cult...whose biggest interest...is gun collecting. Imagine a group of federal guys, who are performing a job in a comical way and act like they’ve never done anything like this before.
Just like that situation recently at the LDS compound.
It wasn't local cops. It was the BATFags that decided a paramilitary operation was necessary.
The drugs angle didn't even come up for a couple of days and that was just to get the FBI to come in and cover for their incompetence.
Do a little more research and you will find out the compound was being compromised by the feds at least 8 months earlier .
The attacks were by the ATF not the sheriffs department.
The Branch Dividians were warned by someone in the sheriffs department that the ATF were coming and they were prepared...
This was just the beginning of the feds coming after religious believers that were also armed.....
Far right idiots called it the Evil Empire, but it was the biggest FUBAR of amateurs and morons it was possible to congregate at a single goat f-—. Still pisses me off no end.
Sorry, your right it was not the locals, my apology.
It’s been a few years...
Well maybe not the Freemen. Check out the wiki page on them. They created their own court and took out liens against all sorts of US public officials, then sold the liens as commercial paper on the international banking market. Hilarious!
Why would there be taxpayer support in the first place?
For the five months following the Waco inferno, Timothy McVeigh worked at gun shows and handed out free cards printed up with Horiuchi's name and address, "in the hope that somebody in the Patriot movement would assassinate the sharpshooter". He wrote hate mail to the sniper, suggesting that "what goes around, comes around", and debated putting aside his plan to target the Murrah Building to instead simply target Horiuchi, or a member of his family.
What surprises me is that they would be making it now. Like any totalitarian ideology they don’t normally allow criticism.
Waco was a Dem run affair.
With the run up to the last presidential election Disney buried “The Path to 9/11” taking a financial hit to prevent its sales. If they were willing to lose millions to prevent that from getting out, why do this now? I wonder what is up with this project?
The ATF raided the Branch Davidian compound on February 28, 1993. The President at the time was William Jefferson Clinton.
Ruby Ridge did happen under Bush 41.
When I saw American Tanks being used against American citizens. I knew our country was gone..
They could of picked those people up on there way to Chucky Chez.Way to go Ms. Reno
Lotsa black Americans died there. Where were the JustUs bruthas?
Hillary isn’t going to be happy about a movie depicting one of the many failures of their administration. /s
This may or not be true. Wikipedia is completely untrustworthy.
Biggest tragedy other than 9/11? How about Oklahoma City in April of 1995??? Pearl Harbor????