See Me Sell A Screenplay

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so much shit, not enough shovels

In trying to come up with my movie idea, I googled ‘top movies of 2006’ to see what I would get. One of the first few links to come back was Wal-Mart’s Top DVDs of 2006. I almost skipped it. Then I realized that I need to write some tripe and who better to educate me in tripe than the average Wal-Mart consumer! They are my target demographic.

Unfortunately the top 10 list includes 6 TV shows, one Disney movie, one Michael Landon movie(gasp!) and both Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This does not help me.

 

Rolling Stones top 10 movies of 2006? The Departed, Dreamgirls, Letters from Iwo Jima, Volver, Babel, United 93, The Queen, Borat, Little Miss Sunshine and Prairie Home Companion.

 

Yeah, no that doesn’t really help me either.

 

However, the top grossing movies of 2006 is just what I am looking for.

 

1. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” $423.3 million
2. “Cars,” $244.1 million
3. “X-Men: The Last Stand,” $234.4 million
4. “The Da Vinci Code,” $217.5 million
5. “Superman Returns,” $200.1 million
6. “Ice Age: The Meltdown,” $195.3 million
7. “Happy Feet,” $176.2 million
8. “Over the Hedge,” $155.0 million
9. “Casino Royale,” $153.4 million
10. “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” $148.2 million

Excellent. I’m totally thinking I should combine the premise of some of these for my idea.

 

Da Vinci Code meets James Bond? Pirates meets Superman? Ricky Bobby meets Wolverine? Surrogate Pimp Meltdown? Ahh, so many options.

1 Comment

  1. You’re friggon awesome. While I swear I don’t know this “surrogate pimp” fellow, I’m sure he appreciates the link. The only thing is that his meltdown was already filmed in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”.

    Okay, here’s an idea from somebody who hasn’t sold a friggon thing to anyone and whose only experience with film is an extra in a few documentaries and a complete Turner flop (though they still paid so what do I care?):

    How about your average, run-of-the-mill low budget nobody into somebody, rags-to-riches type story?

    Just use the basic layout of “Rocky” & substitute boxing for some far-off unpopular sport like jai alai, jousting, ice boating, or whatever. Then substitue Rocky for a pimply unpopular high school teen who is trying desperately to get the attention of opposite-sexed popular cheerleader w/ quarterback boyfriend blah blah blah.

    Kind of “Rocky” meets “Bring it On”. Just stuff it with horrific “You better bring it, girl” attitude, retarded references to current social trends like newest [insert technological gadget] or Myspace, and a lot of pretty faces. It seems like drivel like this is all over.

    People like sports, attitude, underdog stories, and competition. The budget would be tiny & research would probably be a joke. Just have a lame race or match or something at the end and let the guy get the girl (or vice versa) in a slightly different way.

    Note: This is probably a very lame idea. Feel free to dismiss this with a fierce display of common sense, logic, or research, which this idea has none of.

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