Scathing Letters

To: Roberta Hanley | From: Bob Shaye

To: Lorna Umphrey

From: David Cronenberg

Date: November 12, 2004

Hi Lorna,

Please let Roberta know that I agree completely with her letter to Bob Shaye re that fussy, petulant reader’s report. It’s a laugh. I wonder what that reader would have said about my script for Crash.



November 10, 2004

Robert Shaye

New Line Cinema

Dear Bob-

Thank you for your kind attention regarding “London Fields” but the coverage was so bad that it was humorous in exposing a lack of intelligence from the reader.

Thanks for the accuracy and the kind attention to detail.

With respect to your occupation and mine,

Roberta Hanley

P.S. By the way, the inaccuracies are quite significant in the coverage, two of the characters mentioned in the script that were “killed off” were alive (mentioned in the script). And, please feel free to correct the coverage.

cc: David Cronenberg


November 5, 2004

Roberta Hanley

Muse Productions

Dear Roberta,

Thanks for sending on LONDON FIELDS, which does not appear suitable for us.

I’m enclosing a copy of our critical coverage, in case it would be informing in any way.


Bob Shaye

cc: David Cronenberg