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Old 05-23-2006, 05:46 PM   #1
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Default Top 55 Highest-Paid Spec Scripts

$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
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Old 05-23-2006, 10:31 PM   #2
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Wow. Rob Liefeld's on the list.

Weird.
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Old 05-23-2006, 11:54 PM   #3
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Most interesting is this at the bottom:
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Steve Faber & Bob Fisher are also netting a Seven Figure deal in excess of $2 million for their upcoming sequel WEDDING CRASHERS 2.
Sequel!!?? Since when?

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Old 05-24-2006, 12:34 AM   #4
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Wow. Rob Liefeld's on the list.

Weird.
Here's a link that gives more information on the The Mark from back in 1999. The link for The Mark in wikipedia links to the wrong movie with the same title (one from 1961).

http://www.aint-it-cool-news.com/dis...=%09%09%094035
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Old 05-24-2006, 08:49 AM   #5
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I wonder if Joe Eszterhas lights cigarettes with pages of his scripts at parties. Cause those pages are bling!
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Old 05-24-2006, 10:04 AM   #6
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I wonder if Joe Eszterhas lights cigarettes with pages of his scripts at parties. Cause those pages are bling!
Didn't ya hear? Ol' Joe's become an ardent anti-smoke crusader since his brush with throat cancer.
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:31 AM   #7
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That would explain why I saw him hugging Rob Reiner at a campfire the other night.
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Old 05-24-2006, 11:50 AM   #8
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$3 million:
  1. Basic Instinct by Joe Eszterhas
  2. Medicine Man by Tom Schulman
  3. The Ugly Americans by Alec Berg, David Mandel & Jeff Schaffer
Holy crap! Basic Instinct and Eurotrip cost the same? I would have put the entire budget for Eurotrip at $3M. I love the film and the script does have it's moments but still...
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Old 05-24-2006, 12:50 PM   #9
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dam, i wonder how long it took each writer to write the script.
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:10 PM   #10
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At the bottom of the linked page, I clicked on unproduced scripts.

It's amazing how many millions are spent on scripts that are never produced.
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