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ScreenwriterBones

Stories from a seasoned screenwriter. Take heart! Your creative source is infinite and un-ending. Sometimes Hollywood just rips up the roadmap back to it. The bottom line is that Hollywood is not at all as bad as it sounds. Additionally, it's worse than you can imagine. Remember to pack a sense of humor.

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I am a screenwriter living in Southern California. I've written screenplays for most of the Hollywood studios over the past 20 years. One of the uncredited writers of FANTASTIC FOUR, I wrote FIRE DOWN BELOW starring Steven Seagal, and the TV Movie 12:01 PM starring Martin Landau and MANEATER with Gary Busey. I have directed short films. I have written on numerous Hollywood studio assignments, some for big shot actors, some for small shot nobodies.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Here Today Gone Today

You know, this is a nasty business. It will never fail to deliver in that regard. I had a 'phone meeting' with an executive two weeks ago at a good company, big players are partners. I.e. one player is a director of several boffo blockbusters over the last several summers. Keeps churning them out - bang - bang -

So this company's got some serious cache.

So I'm pitched on idea from a book by a top executive there, 'but throw the book out do what you want' which is a classic line I love when pitched an adaptation. Isn't that like going to a restaurant and they say 'hi, here's our lunch buffet, or just throw it all out and go into the kitchen and make anything you'd like?"

Anyway, he goes on about how this director loves this book, thinks it's a great movie idea, how he and the director were chatting, very good friends, very close, this guy is very invested in the idea of this book, would love it because his kids love it...etc.

I get it. I say. I'll think about. I'll call him back in a week.

The book by the way is idoitic. But that's it's own story. Can you mine something interesting from something that doesn't seem inspiring? Usually. Scrape away enough stupid and you can usually find a gem that has been obscured.

Or just throw the book out and keep a few adjectives.

So I call the guy back last week (7 days have passed from our chat now, remember?)

He's fired. Gone. No forwarding address or phone.

"So, he's really not in," I say to the receptionist. "No, he's really not in."

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

something very similar just happened to me actually.

-Allen

Thursday, July 06, 2006  
Blogger Belzecue said...

"Scrape away enough stupid and ..."

LOL. Love it.

Thursday, July 06, 2006  
Blogger wcdixon said...

aah man...well it sounds like you might have been polishing and repolishing a turd if the director and directors kids loved book so much - but still...

Great blog - keep it up!

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Allen: - do tell!

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The short of it...

In the process of shopping a spec that I wrote. Built a great rapport with a literary manager at a management/production company that's quite reputable. On the verge of having things happen...bam the person up and quits the biz. I found out the same way as you. Called up only to hear "so and so no longer works here..."

Obviously all isn't lost, but it's a big step back.

- Allen

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Warren said...

What's shocking isn't just that this happened, but that I'm no longer shocked to hear that it did. Hollywood is such a crazy place!

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

Warren: yes, and that's minor on the scale of Hollywood crazy.

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

allen: what a drag! Hopefully - a forwarding number?

Friday, July 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Working on it.

- Allen

Sunday, July 09, 2006  

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