Cold Bishop wrote:
And Godard famously scared the producers off with his clear disinterest in the material, making clear he would take their money and doing as he pleased. I believe a suggestion of filming in Vietnam is what severed talks.
It was either New Jersey or Japan, depending on whose version you believe—the suggestion came up after Godard said he was so excited about the project that he wanted to start shooting it in just a few months (January '65), even though the screenplay (which Godard probably wouldn't have used anyway) was still only a first draft and there was no studio deal yet in place. The producers pointed out that the weather in Texas wouldn't be right in January, prompting Godard's remark. He also purportedly complained that "I'm talking cinema and you're talking meteorology."