See Me Sell A Screenplay

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speaking of fake documentaries

maybe I should do a fake rock star documentary in the vein of This Is Spinal Tap, only about Britney Spears. I mean, honestly, she’s provided so much good material lately. From the no-panties shots to rehab to the head shaving to the rehab again, and the rehab again. What’s next? I could write what is next, that’s what!

 Or I could take Joe’s suggestion and do a Rocky meets Napolean Dynamite with a little Bring It On. And honestly, who would not want to see that shit? I can’t think of anyone. Actually, I think, after looking at the top grossing films of 2006, that I’ll stick with a actiony-adventure-mystery type of movie. Cause did you see Rocky on that list?

The question is, can I combine pirates + da vinci code + james bond = one movie that Hollywood will go apeshit over? If not, maybe I should start my own rehab tour…

The Britney Spears Rehab Tour 2007


  1. Ha ha. I love the T-shirt.

    I just realised my idea was closer to the “Karate Kid” than it was Rocky. I guess I was playing more of the lazy card than the blockbuster card.

    You’re approach may be better. You’re starting with the basics: Follow the money trail. But instead of gross ticket sales, I wonder if it’s better to look at the money actual screenwriters are making. Personally, I’d rather sell a flop script for $1 million than a blockbuster I got hosed on for less than $50k (yes, I’m ignorant of all script sale numbers as well).

    Of those top 2006 movies, who were the screenwriters and how much did they make? How does that compare to what screenwriters of mocumentaries or other kinds of projects make?

    Also what are the odds of actually getting the screenplay sold? Are they much less with an effects-laden blockbuster with mega-bucks budget, or are they the same? How many of each type of screenplay actually sell? What kind of production companies spend the most money on amateur screenplays? What kind of movies are they looking for?

    I don’t know what the best way to attack this whole project would be. In those books you’re reading, which author is the most successful screenwriter moneywise compared to the effort they put in? Which screenwriter gets the highest percentage of his works actually sold? How much time do they invest per script? What’s his/her exact approach?

    I don’t know where to find these kinds of stats, but that’s probably how I’d attack it anyways.

    Who knows, the writers of a Geiko commercial may bank more than the writers of Gone with the Wind.

  2. admin

    May 15, 2007 at 10:33 am

    Sadly, the info on how much the screenwriters get per sale is mostly only available if you pay to subscribe to sites like Hollywood Reporter.

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