There are so many points of failure where someone could've said something, whether it was the costuming, the script, the super-dodgy CGI, much of the acting. Heck, did no one say "maybe skip the blue lipstick?" While I don't think that it could have ever been a great movie, it could've been decent with some tweaks.
But even so, Courtney Solomon was a first-time director and producer, and one without much in the way of natural talent. I think a lot still falls on him for the movie failing so badly.
Thanks. Yea, I don't think anyone is arguing those aspects at all are they? I'm not. I think what people are arguing is that Solomon does not appear to be a reliable or unbiased source. And that the demeaning he does of Williams is... distasteful.
No argument from me that his manner is distasteful, I'm certainly not trying to sugar coat it. But when you're trying to reevaluate history there is no such thing as an unbiased source; you have to work with what you have. I would love to find more quotes about Williams' involvement in the movie process if anyone can find them; there's a couple of offhand comments from Weis and Dancey in the links I posted as well.
The most critical part from Solomon is that (biased or not) he confirms Williams role at the center of the movie deal. If you read a lot of the other sources about the movie, like the magazine article I posted, you'll find a lot of vague "TSR wanted to do this" and "management said we had to do that" statements. Solomon's interviews spell out that it was her directly. Furthermore, these details about the movie deal corroborate statements from others about Williams management style and long term plans for the company.