Very interesting essay by director JEFF LIEBERMAN, most well known for the horror film SQUIRM. Check it out.
"Jerry smiled and nodded his head, then he told me that someone else was
in here pitching him the same thing two years ago while I was making
‘The Ringer,’ “George Lucas, the guy who just made that AMERICAN
GRAFFITI.” He had turned Lucas down because the guy had no track record
at this point to support taking over such an iconic property from a
major corporation. However, Berger had just optioned out the rights to Dino Di Laurentiis who got Berger’s approval because he promised to get Fellini to direct it."
Read the full essay here: