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April 2, 2005

Books, Movies and Money

Topics: News

According to WorldNetDaily:

CBS is rushing a Terri Schiavo TV movie into production so that it can air the biopic during the May ratings sweeps.

There is no word on whether the network has secured the cooperation of either the Schindler family, Terri's parents and siblings, or Michael Schiavo, her estranged husband.

There are reports Michael Schiavo is entertaining offers of book, movie and TV deals for Terri's story. Industry sources say Schiavo is likely to be offered up to $2 million for a book deal and up to $2 million for a movie or TV deal.

Your thoughts?

Posted by tim at April 2, 2005 7:51 AM


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CBS --- not exactly known for honesty...

Posted by: Suzanne. at April 2, 2005 8:08 AM

It wouldn't surprise me at all to see Michael Schiavo be paid handsomely to spew his lies... all the while with Felos whispering in his ear. (I kinda picture Felos with horns on his head though).

Posted by: Foug at April 2, 2005 8:17 AM

How about they do a 48 Hours investigation into the Swamp Judge, aka Judge Greer, instead?

You know they'll not get the information right - they'll say she had bullimia and everything else that the husband claimed.

Let the poor woman rest in peace. The idea of them doing a TV movie is disturbing. Especially since they probably wouldn't tell the whole truth!

Posted by: ElizabethV at April 2, 2005 8:24 AM

You don't want to know my thoughts!
How appauling. I am sure if the movie deal/ book deal is made with Schiavo, it will never expose or address Terri's neglect, deprivation warehousing and the blatant abusies of ADA. It will deal with Michael's torment and portray the Schindlers as obsessive unrealistic parents. It will hold up Terri as a poster child for the right to die..demonstrating how Her wishes were upheld in the courts. How very terrible for a woman who loved life and held every moment of it as blessed . This was my deepest fear that even after death , words would be put into Terri's mouth.
When will Michael Schiavo be exposed for the cruel sociopath husband that he is?

Posted by: JoJoFox at April 2, 2005 9:18 AM

I AM DONE with HOLLYWOOD, and its ILK!

The only book or movie on Terri I would be interested in, is one done by Mel Gibson.....

I TRUST HIM!

Posted by: Straight Up with Sherri at April 2, 2005 9:26 AM

If MS makes "millions" from his movie or book deals, I bet he will want the money all to himself. I bet he doesn't marry Jodi. He doesn't seem like the type to settle down. Then some really dumb, sick woman will leach onto him for his money. You know, the kind that write love letters to guys in jail.

I do not trust Hollywood to make a truthful movie about Terri's life.
Also, I prefer to call Terri- Terri Schindler since "death us do part".

Posted by: sherry at April 2, 2005 10:05 AM

Bless your heart Sherri and right on. There are a few people out there that people trust; Ann Rule, Mel Gibson. I suppose there is no way to stop ms from having his hour in the sun, but if his story were countered by the truth as told by the people mentioned above and any others (esp. if they collaborated with each other) it may not go so well for satan's camp. This is one thing bloggers can do--petition the trustworthy people to use their talents on the side of the angels.

Foug,

Don't you think Felos will be the star of the show and ms the guy he mentored. Like Alex what's his name that started ACLU.

I can tell you this much. All women who have been abused have recognized the truth of this story already, unless they are in serious denial. The Burning Bed comes to mind.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 2, 2005 10:07 AM

If this happens, I say boycott cable, movies and books.

The Schlinders should have all the rights because she is dead and therefore, all rights to her are severed by law.

I'd like to see Michael try to prove otherwise.

Posted by: Julie at April 2, 2005 10:42 AM

What the Swiftboat Vets are to Kerry, the bloggers and Terri Schindler supporters will be to Michael. We simply won't stay quiet while he struts around in his perceived victory and make money off of Terri's death. The more noise he makes, the more explaining he will be forced to make, the more he becomes a pariah. The name schiavo will be synonymous with cruelty and murder.

Posted by: Daily Inklings at April 2, 2005 10:51 AM

Sick. Just like the rest of his actions. The movie will propogate the death culture.

Mr Gibbs: Although you're as harmless and a dove you don't appear to be wise as a serpent. MS's side is. Work on that a bit please and protect Terri's reputation and our country from innundation by death mongrels.

Posted by: Anna_Nordin at April 2, 2005 10:58 AM

I would like a report from somewhere more reliable than World Net Daily about any proposed film and book deals.

When any such news hits the mainstream media, then I strongly suggest people voice their protest over ANY cashing in on this horrific tragedy.

Michael Schiavo should NOT profit from this, and in fact he should picketed in every public sphere he is in.

BTW, the Swiftboat Vets were not credible, so that's a poor analogy; try protests against O.J. Simpson for a better one.

Posted by: Susan Nunes at April 2, 2005 10:58 AM

I wrote this earlier but I think it is obvious what the networks are doing. $$$$$$ and helping their own agenda.....
Anyone watch NBC Dateline last night? About the adulterous FLORIDA doctor who was accused of injecting his wife with succinylcholine? He was let off since they found studies that the dead cadavers had supposedly formed succinylcholine on their own.
Looks like NBC is already paving the way to freedom for Michael and Felos.
Brainwashing America into doubting Michael would do such a thing.
Does this mean that injecting someone with succinylcholine that no one can prove it???? This is scary for ALL OF US!

Posted by: LauraB at April 2, 2005 11:00 AM

Right on Julie!

Posted by: LauraB at April 2, 2005 11:02 AM

This entire thing has FELT wrong,
from the start.I know from my past,
when I find that I AGREE with people
that on most every other issue I have
DISagreed with,there is more to it
than I know.So many "What if's"
We are forgetting,cloning is here.
We are forgetting,there are other
countries interested in "research".
Now ask yourselves some of your own
"What If's".Then ask yourselves if
You would want to be a "Brain Stem Cell"
experiment.There are countries willing
to pay millions for dubious reasons.
Now one knows what goes on behind closed
doors.Except for the fact that I believe
Dehydration is wrong,I think I stop here.

Posted by: lynaqua at April 2, 2005 11:19 AM

To be fake but accurate, no doubt.

Posted by: Baillie at April 2, 2005 11:53 AM

Let's see if I can understand Micheal's intention...He turned down $2 Million dollars to turn over Terri to her Parents. Yet, they say they don't have Life Insurance on her, and don't plan on making money off Terri. But goes on to say they do in fact receive money from the Medical Trust awarded from Terri, they say $40,000 left over is going to Micheal.
He claims Bulimia for the Collapse, said nothing between 1990 to 92, then said that Terri's Wish is to Die, misused the Medical Trust and spent on himself, his Lawyers, perhaps the Judge and so on.
THEN, claims Osteroposis for Terr's broken bones, covered up the records, covered up the Autospy records, then finally cremated her in hopes no one will never know.
Then Felos claims that Terri did not die from Starvation, then what is?
Then Micheal's brothers saying that Micheal do not plan on getting money from these deals? Then why are they on TV? Claiming that we are venomeous against Micheal, but the very fact, the words came out of their mouths are very much against the World. Is that how the Tv Movie would be? According to the Freedom and Privacy Information Act, by Law, that the circumstances has to be released in order to have a TV Movie Deal or book deal. I don't know, but I know ONE thing for SURE, is that Micheal likes to Control everything from the Case, Terri's body, and even control her Legacy. That is what a Classic Abuser does, is to control every propertial issues and what Micheal DOES NOT WANT To let go, is his own Control and his own EGO. Let's say if he wants to stay out of the picture in respect for Terri, then he lost Control of that very fact that he has no control anymore, so I am pretty sure he would get TV Movie Deals and Book deal to keep that Control going. That is what a Classic Abuser likes is to maintain that Control and not to lose it. They like to be seen as "Winners" and He likes to own everything what Terri does and even after her death, he is still controlling her Burial Plot. If it was not all about Control, then he would have let the Body go to her Parents. Right? Felos would just say that a Husband have every say in it in what to do with the Wife's Remains and to keep the Schindler's away from that Burial Plot. Why the need for that to keep them away, and to cremate the Body? It is all about Controlling Terri even after her death, Micheal is still controlling her. That is what scares me the most, is about HIS control over everything else.

Posted by: momforGod at April 2, 2005 11:59 AM

I don't think there is anything we can do to stop a book from being written or a movie from being made. Rather, we should pray that the right people make the movie - Mel Gibson, Patricia Heaton, etc. I would have an authorized version made that tells the truth than one euphamized by Hollywood that further sells euthanasia. Any money made should go to the foundation, the pro-life movement or to assist the Schindlers with any legal costs.

Posted by: Shaners at April 2, 2005 12:11 PM

As distasteful as it seems, I think we must continue to remember Terri as Terri Schiavo, and not try to get the public to remember her as Terri Schindler. The fact that she was married to Michael is the very reason all of this has happened. The name Schiavo is etched into our national consciousness, as it should be.

Posted by: Teri J at April 2, 2005 12:22 PM

I also want to add the other side to it, I talked to a Friend of mine who supports Micheal Schivao. She argues that it is the PARENTS that wanted the Media Attention, and would do the Book Deal and the Movie Deal to get the Truth out. It is the Parents that seek the attention, not Micheal.
I would argue that the Parents did that is to do anything to SAVE Terri. and for the Book Deal, and Movie Deal is to EXPOSE the TRUTH, and to EXPOSE Micheal Schivao for the Monster he is.
If that was me, I would do anything to Save Terri, even for the Attention for the World, so the People can try and Save Terri, what's wrong with that. That is what every Parent would do!
But my Friend and I agree on one thing, that the Sancity of Life should remain intact, and protected. We agreed that the Courts should not decide their wraths and agreed that the Guardianship should be questioned. She support Micheal because that is what a Husband by Law is supposed to do to take care of the Wife, it is like a Property that he owns. But she thinks the Life should be protected. It is rather conflicting to see the World split over Life and Death's Choices and God said we have to make a choice on Life, then we will get the Blessings. If we choose Death, then we will be cursed. Deutronomy 30:19 explains about Life and Death's choice. Micheal obviously chose Death so he will be cursed for rest of his Life and it includes his Children will be also cursed by this Choice. Luke 8:17: explains that the Truth and Secrets hidden will be made known to the World. Maybe the Good Smartian would do a Movie Deal dealing on only the TRUTH and I would like Mel Gibson direct the Movie and expose all the TRUTH!!! That is something Micheal CANNOT Control is the Court Ordered Sealed Documents will be eventually released and the Autospy Records will be released. It will expose the Lies out of Micheal and he will pay for his Sins by his Peers of the World and by God wil judge him. Terri's Best Friends and Family will not be silenced, and will speak the Truth.
My opinion that it will have both sides telling a Story about Terri, but I do think that there should be a new Law to protect a Human Being, and even after their Death, that no body will make money off of them. That is the way God would want of us, is not to make Money off Dead People. God said "Money cannot be trusted." Have Faith in God and Jesus, People will get more Blessings than Money ever would. Money is a Curse and it is a Worldly Possession, not God's. If Micheal gets the Money in any way off of Terri, he will be Cursed.

Posted by: momforGod at April 2, 2005 12:22 PM

Sherri said:
> I bet he doesn't marry Jodi.

Whattaya wanna bet she doesn't marry him. Would YOU want to hand Michael Shiavo that kind of power over you? We all know what he did with the power over his first wife.

Jodi, honey, if you're reading this, please save yourself. Take your children and RUN. Disappear. Change your name. Do it while he has no legal claims on you. Long term, the lives you save may be your own. Some of us have been there with control-freaks. We know he must make your life a living hell. None of us would blame you in the least -- in fact, we'd cheer you!! Go girl!

Posted by: Suzanne. at April 2, 2005 12:51 PM

Next thing you know, they'll tell us the sky is not blue and many will still believe them.

Posted by: that woman at April 2, 2005 12:52 PM

I am going to be sick. Although not at all surprised by MS.

Couple things:

1) you KNOW Onemillionmoms.com, ConservativePetitions.com and American Decency Association, to name just three, will mount massive email and petition campaigns to boycott not only the publisher, bookstores and TV channel which would air such tripe, but ALSO every single consumer product manufacturer who dares to advertise during the airing of such a movie. Believe me, if you read through the accomplishments of onemillionmoms.com alone, you will know the vast success of getting advertisers to pull their commercials from the raunch and immoral crap on TV these past few years.

2) Jodi damn well better go out and get herself a "WILL TO LIVE" rather than a living will for herself AND her two children with MS, AND somehow protect them legally from him as their "guardian" should anything ever happen to HER, otherwise all three of them are signing their lives away to a legalized killer.

I feel most sorry for those two children. I've heard them called "bastard children." That is grossly unfair. They didn't choose their father. They are innocent. I was a "bastard child." Please, help any Christians you all know who think hatefully of those two kids to STOP. It ISN'T the Christian thing to do.

Posted by: Annie B. at April 2, 2005 12:52 PM

I heard on the news that since Michael is still considered her guardian, he will have all the rights of her assets and whatever else, any movie deals, etc.

We knew this would be coming. I would hope Mel Gibson would make a movie about the truth.

I agree with Annie, Michael's kids with Jodi are innocent and didn't choose their parents. We cannot condemn them. Michael and Jodi, on the other hand, well, they will have to definitely speak for their actions, if not in this life, the next.

Posted by: Sirena at April 2, 2005 1:40 PM

I do not watch CBS because of their anti-Christian bias and their lack of integrity in news reporting. I question their notives in wanting to produce this movie -- making money is obviously involved, but will they present a pro-death message and try to persuade their viewers that killing and starving someone to death is actually the "compassionate" thing to do?

It doesn't surprise me that Michael Schiavo made the comment, "I'm going to be rich" to Carla Sauer Iyler. I believe the pro-death, pro-euthanasia people will be paying him big bucks for his story and its powerful influence on the American people.

Posted by: Jean at April 2, 2005 2:12 PM

Anyone making any movie about this is downright despickable. Noone has the desire to tell the truth, everyone's just too busy turning it into a pot of gold or a banner for their political agenda. "Terri? Well, she's dead now isn't she? Time to move on and milk it for all it's worth" and that holds for *both* sides.

It's impossible to make a movie that isn't biased about this. How are you going to show the night she collapsed? The official story or do you want to see Michael strangling her on wide screen while you chew away on your popcorn and sip your soda just so you can satisfy your hunger for vengeance?

Are you going to show her stating the alleged "I wouldn't want to be kept alive like that" after the funeral, or withhold it because it's only hearsay?
Are you going to depict Jodi as an evil woman just waiting to take Terri's place or show Terri's parents telling Michael he should move on with his life and introduce them to his new dates?
Are you going to show Terri's father telling the doctors his mother has no quality of life left so it's ok to pull the plug on her or decide that it's irrelevant?
Would you include the fact that Terri came to her sister and told her she'd been thinking about a possible divorce? And would you also include that she said she was too afraid to tell her parents because she thought they'd judge her based on their faith?
Is Jeb Bush going to be a heartless politican who abused this to further his and his party's political career, or a righteous man who did what he could or a coward who took one step but was too afraid to go all the way?

I'm sorry to be ranting like this but there is no way anyone is going to get an unbiased view out there. Take a step back from the overwhelming need to vent your anger out onto Michael and Felos and Greer and do something that will actually make a difference and you might actually save some lives.

Write an open letter and lay out a proposal for a law on what should be done in cases where there's no living will and where there's doubt about the actual medical condition and a clear outline on what constitutes life support and what doesn't.
Politicians have engaged themselves for better or for worse, so now is the time to give them something useful to do. They've put themselves out there, so give them something to vote on they can't possibly say no to without losing face in front of everyone.

Quibbling about abortion, euthanasia, religion and whether Michael and Jodi's children are the spawn of the devil can come later.

Posted by: Vanessa at April 2, 2005 2:36 PM

Funny how Michael, Felos, or Greer seem to think about the consequences of their actions, isn't it? People seem to forget the Bible verse I Timothy 6:9,10, "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and hurtful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs."
or Luke 6:31 "31 And as you wish that men would do to you, do so to them."

Felos, who is supposed to be all "spiritual" and "mystical" and into "karma" and all that... how can he justify his actions? I mean, whatever you believe "karma" to be, (God, Fate, or whatever), I'm sure "karma" is going to be kicking them all in the butt, if not in this life, the next.

Posted by: Sirena at April 2, 2005 2:36 PM

You're right, Vanessa, as no one knows the truth an unbiased story can't be told, and I sincerely hope anyone involved will respect Terri enough to just let her rest.
But just so ya know, no one is talking about seeing Michael on the big screen strangling anyone to satisfy "hunger for vengeance."
Please direct your venom elsewhere. This place is doing more than just trashing The Death Team.

Posted by: Foug at April 2, 2005 3:12 PM

Please see thepopeblog.blogspot.com

Pope John Paul II has passed away.

Posted by: juleni at April 2, 2005 3:15 PM

Foug:

I know it was put harshly but honestly I think it's a lot more important to raise awareness and show public support about things like

"A Michigan Democrat, Rep. Joel Sheltrown from West Branch, is working on legislation that would prohibit a spouse who is having an extramarital affair from denying food, fluids or medical treatment to a wife or husband who cannot make such a decision."

than gossip about whether or not Michael will sign a movie or book deal.

Posted by: Vanessa at April 2, 2005 3:22 PM

I think that it is absolutely disgusting that MS would even think of a book or movie about Terri. He should not be able to murder her and then profit from it. Any movie or book should be boycotted. I don't think there is anyone else I despise more than that sorry excuse for a human being.

Posted by: Kim at April 2, 2005 3:28 PM

I think if this happens that her parents can rightfully file a wrongful death suit. I say this based on the fact he didn't take the offers pre-death but did it post death. He continues to do himself in. Eventually, it will bite him in the arse. He is too arrogant.

I just want to remind posters that not everyone here is christian. This isn't about religious views against a legalized murder/

Posted by: Julie at April 2, 2005 4:51 PM

Looks like they cremated Terri today.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=4&u=/ap/20050402/ap_on_re_us/schiavo

Posted by: LauraB at April 2, 2005 4:58 PM

You people don't get it do you... WorldNet picked up a fake story. It was an April Fools Joke by some site and they were so happy that they ran it as "news".

Posted by: RustyShackleford at April 2, 2005 5:09 PM

I truly do not understand how anyone could believe a word Felos and Schiavo have to say. Before I sat down and read the mountains of evidence and watched multiple interviews it was quite apparent to me that those two were manupulating things and were far from honest.

Acctually that is what got me interested in this case initially. I was curious just what it was they were hiding from. Then of course the evidence spoke loud and clear and my heart began to break at the injustice heaped upon Terri and her family.

A person doesn't have to blindly believe one side of this issue or the other. You don't have to support right to life or right to die positions. All a person has to do is be willing to listen to people first hand and read the evidence available.

Felos and Schiavo are so amazingly easy to catch in lies, it is sitting on video and said on national television! Quote after quote of incostisent statemenst and yet it all slides by and people say "oh poor Michael". How the heck is that possible? I just don't get it, I really don't! The things involved in this case are not opinion or religion. Fact and testimony is fact and testimony. Lies are lies. Where the heck does the contriversey come from?

Posted by: imdll at April 2, 2005 5:10 PM

Ok, I have to ask. Do you suppose that these people who support Michael felt simpathy for Scott Peterson? The prosecution said that without Amber Frye they would not have had much of a case. So how different would our perception be of Scott Peterson if we didn't know the background information supplied by Amber Frye and now Scott's sister? That is what these supporters of Michael Schiavo need to realize. Their perception of this situation would be quite different if they were to get the background information.

Posted by: imdll at April 2, 2005 5:28 PM

I am so totally disgusted.
Its bad enough that disinterested young TV Execs smell not just a story but money and ratings. Thats foul and indecent haste, whoever they approach. Piranhas spring to mind.
If Michael Schiavo takes up or even entertains the idea of a financial deal, then perhaps it runs to character and I hope a few people who thought him to be the 'concerned husband' will wake up.
As to anyone prepared to pay him, knowing as they must that his willingness to strike a deal MUST have connotations that cast doubt on his story, well, well I am speechless. I can feel the bile surfacing, its enough to make me physically sick.

Posted by: Cheryl at April 2, 2005 6:41 PM

was this really a joke? Because it was a SICK joke. If this was true, what kind of "loving" husband as MS claimed to be, would try to make money upon his wife's death?

Posted by: ElizabethV at April 2, 2005 7:21 PM

I don't think we have much to worry about. CBS hasn't produced anything worthwhile for years-and the few things I've attempted to watch and turned off were absolutely NOT for anyone of intelligence.

Let them waste their money on michael and his greedy heart. The network is run by greedy men who wish to make money off of a family's pain. EVIL ran the courts. EVIL runs hollywood. Let's just focus on the positive; michael can only bury himself further and further....

Posted by: Tress at April 2, 2005 8:58 PM

Can we find out Who is offering what and boycott?

I had spoken to a friend about this, who stated that it really wouldn't matter. "We couldn't make a segnificant difference."

Wanna bet? I saw how many people wrote, and stood by Terri, if we do this as a memorial to her, it will be great enough to make a difference?

I'm willing to turn off my t.v. I'm also able to convince others that its not worth supporting certain channels, or book companies. If I encouraged even 5 people, and ohers did the same, they would feel it in there pocket books. Maybe then they would know we do put a price on life, and its nothing they could ever afford.


Something Michael S would never understand.
As for Greer... praying for impeachment and justice on him.
Felos and Schaivo... I will forgive them. I know that my idea of justice can not compare to God's, and he will deal with them.

So who do we start with to let them know this is unacceptable?

Posted by: prcjewel at April 3, 2005 1:55 AM

The problem with boycotting is that many people rush to partake of the forbidden fruit just because it's forbidden. However, I don't intend to have anything to do with their products and we haven't had cable in over a decade now.

Would anyone be interested in starting a site entitled "Terri's Legacy" for all the wonderful things that have come out of Terri's sacrifice. I've noticed quite a few on this site alone and there is bound to be many others for a long time to come. We all make ripples on the pond and Terri made a big one. Could also do a site for michael's legacy, if anyone could stomach doing it, but in this way the truth would come out via the fruits.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 3, 2005 11:18 AM

I would participate in a boycott and encourage friends to do the same.

Posted by: marie at April 5, 2005 11:21 PM