Yesterday's news that Tom Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner had found some investors to cover their suddenly homeless production entity's overhead costs caught Hollywood off guard, as no one would have predicted that Cruise/Wagner would find financial backers from the world of stale funnel cakes and Tilt-a-Whirls before scaring up some pocket change from a studio looking to hook up with Cruise on the cheap. Especially shocked were Anonymous Industry Insiders Willing To Offer Amusingly Dismissive Soundbites, who collectively think that Cruise's new deal with Six Flags' power-players has the whiff of desperation. Reports the LAT:
"It all feels very knee-jerk," said an agency executive. "This feels very Plan C, maybe even Plan D. When you lose your studio deal and you get into business with amusement parks, that's a problem."
This is just another example of reflexively conservative, insecure, thinking-inside-the-box Hollywood turning up its nose at those who dare to think differently. Visionaries like Cruise and Wagner are rarely appreciated in their lifetimes, but once the full spectrum of alternative revenue streams afforded by their partnership with Six Flags come to light, such as a discretionary script development fund drawn entirely from the loose change that falls out of Magic Mountain patrons' pockets as they helplessly hang upside down in a variety of gravity-defying rides (money, it should be noted, that is wastefully earmarked for their carnies' malt liquor budget), those who once laughed at the fading megastar's "Plan D" will be killing each other to set themselves up in copycat deals with Knott's Berry Farm.