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November 16, 2009

'Your lies and tactics are odious to me'

So said Anne Rice to a producer who was supposed to turn her Jesus story into a movie

David Kirkpatrick, who once partnered with George Barna to form a fledgling film studio called Good News Holdings, had announced to the world in 2006 that his company was going to turn Anne Rice's first Christian book, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, into a major motion picture.

Turns out he was wrong. GNH never really got off the ground, and then Kirkpatrick--who had been an exec at Disney, Touchstone, and Paramount--announced he was taking the company to Massachusetts and changing the name to Plymouth Rock Studios. Turns out he was wrong again.

In a recent in-depth story, The Boston Globe reports that Kirkpatrick and the venture never had any legitimate financial backing.

Rice, the former vampire novel writer who became a Christian some time ago, had agreed to let GNH turn Out of Egypt into a film, but withdrew that offer when she never got paid. The Globe obtained a stinging e-mail that Rice sent to Kirkpatrick, voicing her concerns and her disgust with the way he had handled things.

In the 4-page document, Rice tells Kirkpatrick, "You were not paying me as you had agreed to do, and you did not have the funds to make good on your promises, and you did not have the funds to make a film. . . . At no time did you reveal to me that you were having financial problems." Late, after noting her disappointment that Kirkpatrick had threatened legal action to get Rice to cooperate, she writes, "David, you broke my heart" and "Your lies and tactics are odious to me." She notes that she will never relinquish the book's rights to Kirkpatrick.

The Globe story is fascinating, essentially exposing a man for grand promises that he had no means to fulfill, regardless of his optimism, passion, and ambition. But the bottom line is that he had no bottom line, and that is the main reason the studio still essentially is only a thought.

Check out the newspaper's 7-minute video on the situation:


I find it odious that a Christian publication engages in this type of slander. Yes, slander. As someone familiar with this situation, the ongoing conversation between David Kirkpatrick and Anne Rice was heated as the differences were ironed out. This is part of that conversation. There is no context here, and you have engaged in character assassination, just as the Boston Globe did in its article.

For the record, that report is filled with partial truths and allegations which are portrayed as gospel truth. I have seen Christians in the entertainment industry spreading this article around in the spirit of gossip all day, and all I can say is, Jesus would be so proud. Really. Kick a man when he is down. Don't get his side.

Good job.

Since when is quoting OTHER sources "slander"? Probably ought to learn the definition of the word before accusing someone of it. If you have a gripe against the Globe or against Anne Rice for what THEY said, then that's a different story. CT just quoted other sources. And FWIW, those sources weren't "slanderous" either. That was a well-reported story backed by facts. Sounds like fin has a bit of a paranoia complex.

I, too, read this article in the Globe and am surprised to see a similar report from Christianity Today. It's truly a shame CT took what the Globe had written and regurgitated what was a very one-sided story.

I would have liked to have seen CT do their own research and interview with David and others to see if there were any counter claims or other supporting documents to support or debunk the article. CT could have taken the high road, but instead reported on misleading accusations.

For instance, the Anne Rice incident happened a while ago, since then have they mended their relationship? What's his testimony? Has he been restored in Christ? Has Christ called him into new purpose and victory? Oh wait...Christ only calls perfect people to do His will right? So once you've failed, always a failure?

CT should have fully investigated the entire Boston Globe story before joining America's mass media in destroying people and their lives. For all you know, you could have attacked a brother in Christ who is trying to make peace with Christ. Good thing he has support from a Christian publication.

It's a shame CT jumped on the band wagon and went ahead and published something that was not properly vetted. I am going to make sure all my friends read Christianity Today, Boston Globe and the National Enquirer because they are all one in the same.

"For all you know, you could have attacked a brother in Christ who is trying to make peace with Christ. Good thing he has support from a Christian publication."

I think this poses a fascinating question on whether or not a "Christian" publication should report news stories that may portray other Christians in a negative light.

"Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his assistant to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written: It is reported among the nations - and Geshem says it is true - that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king ... "

Unsealed letter, "It is reported", "Geshem says it is true" - so it must be true?

Don't take Anne Rices word alone (although it is true) Please, do your homework, contact Christopher Chisholm at Good News Holdings in Los Angeles. Contact George Barna, as well as the countless other christian investors who are currently in litigation against him.
David Kirkpatrick should be shamed and definitely needs to be exposed as the liar he is....

I love how the article says that Anne Rice "became a Christian". Actually, she returned to the Catholicism of her youth. You people are like Stalinists, trying to write the Catholic Church out of existence.