Bigot Bill Donohue claims it was his boycott that shut down the the completion of the Dark Materials trilogy:
Sam Elliot, who played Lee Scoresby in Compass, agrees. He blames the Catholic League and Bill O”Reilly’s war on the “war” on Christmas:
I am delighted the boycott worked. Just as the producers have a right to make the movie, I have a right to protest.
“The reason I protested was the deceitful attempt to introduce Christian children to the wonders of atheism in a backdoor fashion at Christmas time. Everyone agrees the film version was not anti-Catholic, but that hardly resolves the issue. The fact is that each volume in the trilogy becomes increasingly anti-Catholic.”
“I knew if we could hurt the box office receipts here, it might put the brakes on the next movie.
“I also knew this boycott would work because once the word got out that the movie was bait for the books, Christian parents would take their kids to see Alvin And The Chipmunks. Which they did, in far greater number.”
The Catholic Church happened to The Golden Compass, as far as I’m concerned. It did incredible at the box office, taking $380 million. Incredible. It took $85 million in the States. The Catholic Church… lambasted them, and I think it scared New Line off.”
“I would have loved to have gone after them. I would have liked to have sat down with Bill O’Reilly and talked it out. There are two sides to that coin. It’s a shame as it’s a great trilogy.”