Novelist William Kennedy, author of Ironweed, once made the following point during an interview about his work.
Hollywood people say no all the time. Very rarely do they say yes. The folks in Hollywood are in the business of not making movies. — William Kennedy
He received a no on one of his novels. As he noted, The usual negative attitude toward anything that you present to folks in Hollywood. They say no all the time; very rarely do they say yes. They’re in the business of saying no; they’re in the business of not making movies. I thought we could have a good adventure movie, but it didn’t happen.