Originally posted by frogstomp
Zemeckis recalls, "I had a great relationship with Carl through the whole project."
Zemeckis worked with Sagan on striking the balance between human interest and science.
How could he have considered it at all, him being 3 years dead when the movie came out?
However, although Sagan did pass away prior to the film's release in 1997 (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996, accoring to the Wik), therefore within months
of the release (not the three years you suggest), he finished the project and had no objections to the completed product. Neither did his co-contributor, Ann Duryan, raise any objection to the final product which was dedicated in the credits, "For Carl."
Funny how you're always reaching erroneous conclusions based on half-baked information, don't you think?