Do directors whose movies bomb really wind up in jail?

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Author's Note: Do directors whose movies bomb really wind up in jail?

As you can see from the first page of this article, I got a little carried away with the idea of a directors jail (to the degree that my poor, sleep-deprived editor was briefly convinced that such an institution actually exists). And my feeling is that just because it doesn't, doesn't mean it shouldn't. Directors whose movies free-fall financially might actually welcome a chance to spend some quiet time away from the hustle and bustle in a place that offers them a chance to "rehabilitate." And for beginner screenwriters it could be a great opportunity to break into the business. If nothing else, one of them should option this article and turn into it into a million-dollar script!

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