TOMMY LEE JONES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/22/1986 - HFSID 263129
TOMMY LEE JONES A letter from Jones discussing the possibility of a film based on polo player Cecil Smith Typed Letter signed: "Tommy Lee Jones" on page two, 2p, 8½x11. On letterhead of Crystal Springs Ranch. San Saba, Texas, 1986 July 22.
Sale Price $342.00
TOMMY LEE JONES
A letter from Jones discussing the possibility of a film based on polo player Cecil Smith
Typed Letter signed: "Tommy Lee Jones" on page two, 2p, 8½x11. On letterhead of Crystal Springs Ranch. San Saba, Texas, 1986 July 22. To Jerome Markley Willis, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In full: "This letter will summarize the conversation we had with Mr. Jack Love concerning a motion picture based on the life of Cecil Smith. It will also, I hope, make clear the circumstances under which I could participate in or lend my support to such an undertaking. You indicated to me that you represented a group of investors who were thinking about spending some money to develop motion pictures, that you agreed with Mr. Love that Cecil's life would make a very appealing motion picture, and that you were interested in my services as an actor and a producer. I told you that it would be unwise to spend any money on such a project without first acquiring the full motion picture, television, and publishing rights in addition to all allied rights to the life stories of both Cecil and Mary Smith. I also said that the acquisition of these rights should exclude the right of disapproval by Cecil or his estate or Mary or her estate. I suggested that you spend no less than $75,000.00 cash to acquire these rights. I cautioned you and my friend Jack Love that, because of the many treatments, screenplays, and "books" that have been produced by would-be authors and polo fans with literary or cinematic aspirations, no other course of action would be safe from potentially crippling legal harassment. I indicated to you that once these rights were acquired and secure, I would consider entering Javelina Films, Inc. into an agreement with your investment group to develop a screenplay, a budget, and a 'talent package' that my company (Javelina) would then place on the appropriate market. This is a standard method of developing a motion picture 'from scratch' and my agents at International Creative Management in Beverly Hills have the best record in the business with it. Such an agreement would have to give my company total creative control of the development and production of the motion picture and would require your investment group to provide and oversee the financial necessities. This agreement would further provide for your group's reimbursement from the first monies generated by the screenplay while absolving my company of any financial liability to the investor's or anyone else. If your interest is still keen, I would appreciate your sending me a profile of your investment group in Chicago including any brochures, financial documentation, and banking or other important references. This will make my lawyer feel better. I look forward to hearing from you at your convenience." Texan Cecil Smith is widely considered the greatest polo player ever, but no such film as the one proposed here has appeared. JONES, himself a champion polo player, would have been well suited to the role. The Harvard roommate of future Vice President Al Gore, Jones won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor as U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in The Fugitive (1993). He earned Emmys for TV movies The Executioner's Song (1997) and Lonesome Dove (1989). The hugely popular Jones has starred in such films as Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Cobb (1994), Men in Black (1997) and Space Cowboys (2000). This letter, written before Jones had become a top-ranked star, reveals a shrewd understanding of the movie business. Lightly creased. Binder and staple holes at top of each page. Pencil notations in unknown hand on page 1. Otherwise, fine condition.
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