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.