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Old 06-21-2015, 05:34 PM   #1
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Hey, guys. Like the title says, I was wondering what the current list of biggest screenwriter fees of all time are (spec or non-spec).

From an old thread (link here), I found some high-cost spec sales, but I was wondering if the list was complete and up-to-date:

$5.75 million:
  1. Steinbeck's Point of View by Brandon Camp & Mike Thompson (deal included: $750,000 up front, plus $2 million after A-list stars became interested, and a $3 million production bonus.)
$5 million:
  1. Deja Vu by Terry Rossio & Bill Marsilii
  2. Unbreakable by M. Night Shyamalan
  3. Foreplay by Joe Eszterhas (deal included: $1 million up front, $4 million production bonus, 2.5% of box office sales and 1% of soundtrack sales) (biggest overall deal in Hollywood history)
  4. Trapped by Joe Eszterhas (potential deal)
  5. The Unbound Captives by O.C. Humphrey (aka Madeline Stowe & Brian Benben)
  6. Signs by M. Night Shyamalan
Is this the most up-to-date list of the biggest deals of all time, or are there others?

All thoughts and responses are welcome.

Thanks.
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Old 06-21-2015, 08:56 PM   #2
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Big N' stuff.

I likes me summa that

Pretty sure Rossio and Marsilii still hold the record for biggest pitch sale: 3.somethin'
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Old 06-24-2015, 02:35 AM   #3
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Shane Black The Long Kiss Goodnight 4 million dollars.
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Old 06-24-2015, 05:59 PM   #4
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Yeah, after looking around, I haven't really seen any scripts that have sold for more than those 5mill scripts.

Although, of course, there a more than a few that have sold in that 2mill to 4mill range.
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:41 AM   #5
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I assume those Shyamalan numbers, if accurate, are for writing and directing, right?

I had never even heard of "Unbound Captives" before. Does anyone know if that's technically still in production, or is it completely dead in the water? Anyone who read it think it was worth $5 mill?
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Old 06-25-2015, 02:11 PM   #6
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I assume those Shyamalan numbers, if accurate, are for writing and directing, right?
According to info on wikipedia, for the movies Signs and Unbreakable, M Night was paid 5 mill per spec script. And then he was paid additional money for his other contributions.
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According to info on wikipedia, for the movies Signs and Unbreakable, M Night was paid 5 mill per spec script. And then he was paid additional money for his other contributions.
Holy Hollywood.

So basically, after "The Sixth Sense," M. Night said, "I see dead presidents."
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Old 06-25-2015, 07:58 PM   #8
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Holy Hollywood.

So basically, after "The Sixth Sense," M. Night said, "I see dead presidents."
Pretty much, yeah
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Old 06-26-2015, 02:00 AM   #9
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Wow, those sales are awesome.

Those writers must have had great managers to get deals like that seeing as how managers are 'necessary' for screenwriting success.

Wonder if they had any managers-attached-as-producer working both sides of the table on those deals to keep writer's salaries down at 'reasonable' levels?
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Wow, those sales are awesome.

Those writers must have had great managers to get deals like that seeing as how managers are 'necessary' for screenwriting success.

Wonder if they had any managers-attached-as-producer working both sides of the table on those deals to keep writer's salaries down at 'reasonable' levels?
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