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Old 01-09-2020, 06:17 PM   #21
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Here's what's happened to "the scene" in the last 10 years:

Once upon a time . . . they liked your script, bought it, then paid you to rewrite it.

Then . . . they liked your script, optioned it, then paid you to write something they already owned.

Then . . . they told you they liked your script (didn't buy or option it though) then paid you to write something they already owned.

Now . . . they tell you they liked your script (don't buy or option it), then offer you the "opportunity" to "develop" one of their existing projects. You are not paid with "actual money" for this work but in "exposure" to "A-list" talent. If this second project is ever completed and sold, you will get paid then. Eventually. After your lawyer makes some calls.

Neither Joe Eszterhas nor I am amused.
I think this about sums it up.
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:30 PM   #22
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Re: "... that has either a genre element..."

Could someone define what that means and maybe offer an example of a true story with an "genre element?"

Would really appreciate it.
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Old 01-10-2020, 12:39 PM   #23
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Re: "... that has either a genre element..."

Could someone define what that means and maybe offer an example of a true story with an "genre element?"

Would really appreciate it.
You’re conflating two things here. I mean, sure there are genre-y true story stuff. (Open Water as an example, maybe) But broadly speaking in the context of this conversation these two things are being treated as mutually exclusive.
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Old 01-17-2020, 06:17 PM   #24
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Sure, if we're limiting the field to "unpackaged, non-genre spec scripts," yes, that's a tiny market, but I think that's always been a tiny market. If you want to sell a prestige drama spec and have no access to any meaningful elements, I'd say your best shot is to find a compelling true story and dramatize it; like anything else, it's fairly low-percentage, but it also works out for multiple unknown writers every year!
Of course after downplaying this idea I sold a naked true story spec this week.
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:05 AM   #25
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Of course after downplaying this idea I sold a naked true story spec this week.
Congratulations, Satriales! But what do you mean by “naked” true story?
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:10 AM   #26
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Congratulations, Satrisles! But what do you mean by “naked” true story?
Thank you!

Just meaning no attachments (talent, Director) other than the producer who took it to the buyer.
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Old 01-18-2020, 09:14 AM   #27
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Thank you!

Just meaning no attachments (talent, Director) other than the producer who took it to the buyer.
gotcha. Sorry for the mispelling-- typing on an iphone is a challenge for me. haha
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Old 01-19-2020, 03:38 PM   #28
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Of course after downplaying this idea I sold a naked true story spec this week.
Congrats! Was it announced? It was National Treasure 3, wasn't it?
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:45 AM   #29
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Congrats! Was it announced? It was National Treasure 3, wasn't it?
Thanks!

Not announced yet. Trades soon, I hope. It’s actually funny you mention that, anytime anyone asks me in a meeting what property I’d love to write my answers are National Treasure and a Wet Bandits origin story.
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