View Full Version : Beating the odds

05-09-2005, 08:52 PM
Given the chances of selling a spec script are stacked against a writer are there some genres that have better odds of selling than others?

I'm thinking of writing a high concept comedy in the vein of Meet the Parents, but I'm leary of investing the time if it's an even longer shot than writing say... a horror script. Then again, I've never writen comedy so the end result might end up being pretty scarey after all.

05-09-2005, 08:55 PM
Write the script that you feel most passionate about.


It's the one about the family who decides to spend the summer out in the country working through family stuff. Skip that one.

High concept comedies are a good way to go.

05-09-2005, 09:10 PM
I just added a bit to the business section of my website that speaks to this. Your instincts are right in terms of comedy, but only if you're d*mn funny:



Carlton Redford
05-18-2005, 10:58 AM
The info below may clarify the prospects a bit, while noting that book rights sales are included here in addition to scripts (but genre appetites are apparent).

Horror seems to be folded into the Thrillers for the annual breakdown.

The source is the 12/1 "So You Wanna Sell...." newsletter. You can gain some useful perspective from both breakdowns.
-- Carlton

November's Hollywood Sales Breakdown - The Top Selling Genres:

Drama: 43 sales
Comedy: 35 sales
Action: 18 sales
Horror: 15 sales
Period: 14 sales

2004 Hollywood Sales Breakdown - The Top Selling Genres:

Drama: 478 sales
Comedy: 317 sales
Thriller: 154 sales
Action: 147 sales
Period: 128 sales

05-19-2005, 03:26 AM
Those aren't spec sales though...

You're less likely to sell a drama as a spec, and very unlikely to sell a period piece.

Best choices?


(Includind sub-genres).