But finally, someone has managed to get the studio to say what the heck is going on. LA Times writer Patrick Goldstein sat down with studio chief Alan Horn, who finally gave the studio's side of the story. Horn denied all reports that Spike Jonze had been taken off the project, but admitted the film was being reworked. "We've given him more money and, even more importantly, more time for him to work on the film. We'd like to find a common ground that represents Spike's vision but still offers a film that really delivers for a broad-based audience. We obviously still have a challenge on our hands. But I wouldn't call it a problem, simply a challenge. No one wants to turn this into a bland, sanitized studio movie. This is a very special piece of material and we're just trying to get it right ... The jury is still out on this one. But we remain confident that Spike is going to figure things out and at the end of the day we'll have an artistically compelling movie."
So, even if you read between the lines and assume that Warners is aiming to make it more family-friendly, they are at least working with Jonze towards some kind of compromise. Frankly, I think that's the best news that has come out of the debacle thus far. And who knows? In this world of alternate endings and director's cuts, you may see Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' original vision on DVD someday.