Are “Script Reviews” A Good Idea?

Screenplay Reader
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Obviously, studio script readers are sworn to silence on drafts of potential studio blockbusters. Spielberg reportedly numbered all copies of the drafts of his scripts even during production to help keep the details under wraps. But, today, leaked scripts are common-place, leading to the inevitable so-called “script reviews”. For example, here is a review of a draft script for the close-to-production Judge Dredd and here is a review of an early draft of the not-even-near-production contemplated remake of Forbidden Planet. Both of these reviews are for scripts that may never be shot. Are these types of reviews fair game?

Nineteen Years Ago, Thelma & Louise Drove Over A Cliff

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Nineteen years after Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon took their famous turn in a ’66 Thunderbird convertible, screenwriter Callie Khouri discusses her Oscar winning screenplay for “Thelma & Louis” with Sallie King of the Los Angeles Times. Discussing the ending, she says:

People either thought it was an uplifting ending or they thought they committed suicide at the end. It kind of depends on how they see it.

Uhm? If it isn’t suicide, what is it?

What Does Paul Haggis Know?

Know your screenwriters. Paul Haggis is an interesting and complex character; he is a screenwriter. His credits span from Walker, Texas Ranger to the Oscar nominated screenplay for Million Dollar Baby to the Oscar winning screenplay for Crash. He was a writer on Casino Royale, the first James Bond reboot, and its follow up Quantum of Solace. He is one of the few important Hollywood figures to publicly renounce Scientology. You can read his interesting bio here, and/or listen to him discuss screenwriting in this interview….