I was asked to rewrite David Rabe’s adaptation of John Grisham’s bestselling novel, The Firm.  My draft attracted Tom Cruise and, later, Sydney Pollack, who I worked with for six weeks on a new draft, but I had to leave the project because of a prior commitment on another project.  The great Robert Towne came in and helped Sydney make the film his own.  When the time came to arbitrate for credits I decided not to participate.  My agents thought I was crazy.  But I think credits should account for the work you actually see on the screen.  They don’t.  But it’s a fine film, I’m proud of my contribution to getting it made, and I don’t regret my decision.