As Heritage has pointed out, The Promised Land, the troubled piece of lefty Hollywood agitprop aimed at the domestic oil industry is actually financed by the international oil industry. (Something it has in common with B.O.)
A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates.
This isn’t the first time that the UAE have dabbled in Anti-American Hollywood propaganda. While Imagenation Abu Dhabi does produce legitimate movies like Men in Black 3 (if that’s your idea of legitimate) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (okay they’re just burying America in crap), they have been known to push propaganda before.
Imagenation backed Unfair Game, a movie trying to blow up the Valerie Plame scam into a blockbuster flick. That movie failed, but The Promised Land may not, and considering the UAE’s Holocaust denial thing, it probably won’t be long before they push a Holocaust denial movie too.
The good news here is that Imagenation Abu Dhabi is pretty terrible at the Hollywood game. Their track record includes Furry Vengeance, Gibson’s redemption movie, The Beaver, Shorts and The Double. If those movies are only ringing faint bells in your head, it’s because they all failed.
Imagenation Abu Dhabi did have one major success. The Help.