Kevin, I would agree with Roger that Bogdanovich has made quite a few good movies over the course of his admittedly erratic career. At least check out "The Last Picture Show" which I think is a great film, and in many ways an updated version of "The Magnificent Ambersons", with the television taking the metaphoric place of the automobile. Also, I thought Gary Graver had avoided softcore land too. Haven't most of his directorial efforts been hardcore?
Gordon, that's an interesting quote from the Iranian financier and I can see his point. Oja and Graver have said they need about 4 million dollars to finish a film that both have said before is 90 percent edited (Now they say only 40 minutes are edited...sounds fishy). But even assuming that they really do need that kind of money, if they think someone will give it to them without Bogdanovich's involvement, I would say they must be dreaming.
I do owe it to Bogdanovich to check out something like The Last Picture Show before truly passing judgment, and I will do so soon. I have heard from others that he did get an amazing performance out of Cloris Leachman, if nothing else. Before I do that, though (and since I now have a region-free pal-to-ntsc DVD player), I owe it to Orson to check out The Magnificent Ambersons, butchered or not.
As far as Graver, Kodar, and The Other Side Of The Wind are concerned...honestly, they're asking a bit much to request $4 million to finish a film without Orson's actual involvement in the final edit, aren't they? I'd also be a bit hesitant to throw my money into something like that. I mean, it was one thing for RKO to give Welles complete artistic control over his first film (as reckless as that idea potentially was), because Welles had been doing quite a bit to openly establish his brilliance over several years. Can anybody please point me in the direction of something artistically worthwhile that was done by either Kodar or Graver without involving Welles???
As others have pointed out as well, Bogdanovich's name (as well as Orson, of course) is going to help sell this a lot more than Oja's or Gary's names, and since this film is going to be a tough sell anyway, it can really use all of the help it can get, and at least Bogdanovich does have an interest in seeing something happen with the material...and I would hope that, regardless of his own possible ulterior motives, he would have enough respect for Welles' vision NOT to alter his own scenes to make himself look a bit more favorable (and of course, for as much as the role might have been a parody of Bogdanovich...well, you know, he always could have turned it down if he was so offended by it).