Good story and I love that you stuck to your guns.
Did the movie get made?
If I remember right, I had recently come off a directing gig that had turned into a post production nightmare. During pre production, I had a feeling it wasn't ready to move into production but it was only my second or third gig in the directing chair, so I wasn't sure my gut instinct was tuned yet. It was one of those lessons where you learn to trust your own intuition more. It was probably that combined with my distaste for people pushing surprises down the track instead of being up front that made me so rigid in what I saw that was acceptable and what wasn't for this project.
Yeah. I think they started shooting 9 months later. It was a shame. The project had a lot of potential and was time sensitive. 9 months later it would have become a follower of the pack instead of having the potential to lead it. The producer often had good instincts on timing for when issues were going to hit the mainstream.