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    Whatever, Dave.... :rolleyes

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    Maybe you guys don't know what makes a commercial script good?

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    WHY does the studio think a bad script can be commercial?
    Because it's the easiest to market to a mass audience. It's life Affleck said: the Dimension guys already had the poster in mind...the trailer...everything. If you have those -- and you put enough money behind 'em -- you can get people into the theater. And at this point in time, it's all about having a PGL movie that makes a return on investment.

    BTW, WILDCARD sucked. I am SHOCKED it got into the Top 3. Shocked. And then I was appauled when Wes Craven actually optioned the friggin' thing later with an eye towards directing it!

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    Seeing as I also introduce a dozen characters in the 1st ten pages, here's to hoping this film rocks the hizzy, as they say in the projects.

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    PGL: Studio Thinks Bad Script = Commercial?

    I started a new PGL thread to discuss this studio facet of last night's episode.

    Everyone in the room agreed one or both of the other two scripts were better.

    I haven't read the scripts, but just the set up of Feast sounds like the second 'bar' half of that Tarrantino film with Clooney in it (I forget the title). Sean of The Dead used the bar as a vehicle too but it was part of the characters' back story and used well. So this 'bar' concept isn't fresh, either.

    Everyone also agreed Feast had big script problems, including introducing a dozen characters in the first 10 pages.

    With this in mind I ask : WHY does the studio think a bad script can be commercial?

    Is that a commentary on HW studios' opinion of audiences?

    Do they think audiences are so stupid, you can just throw a recycled idea and bad writing at them, and audiences will come in droves because it's a genre film.

    Or, could it be, the other two scripts were too original and the studio guys could better envision Feast because it WAS a recycled idea?

    Add to this - - the trailer for the next episode showed a studio guy beating up on the writers. That was interesting. First they elevate these guys, 'Great script.' then they smash them to the ground: 'Youe script sucks and I'll get other writers & replace you if you don't rewrite it."

    And KUDOS to Matt Damon for telling the studio guys off.
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