Originally Posted by odriftwood
I'm a bit confused... You wrote a book with a hot star wants to star in if it becomes a movie? That's awesome. But your hook-up wants to write the script. Won't that preclude you from writing the script? So you control the rights to the book. If someone wants to turn that into a script, they'll have to option the book. For that you should have an entertainment lawyer working on your behalf. If you want to work on the script with the hook-up, that's great. However, if neither one of you have written a screenplay before you're taking a risk. Best course of action, get your lawyer to make a deal with the star and studio/production company to develop the project. It's going to be hard roping in a manager unless you can prove your chops as a screenwriter who has a future.
Yes, you are correct, odrift. Circumstances will preclude me from taking a pass. Sigh. That was the price for getting the star. Still a terrific bargain for me. Most likely a proven pro will eventually operate on it anyway. I wrote the book, own the film rights and the family life rights. The interest is such that both dev. and prod dough is coming to the table. Somebody has to negotiate my end for me.
I agree with your logic. The chops gotta be there.
Thanks for the cool thoughts and support odrift.