A few weeks ago, one of the options on one of my scripts lapsed. These things happen. It’s not my first dance at the rodeo. It lapsed because of my, “Plan A.” The producer couldn’t come up with the money for the option. I actually lean more towards the wouldn’t side of the equation. Now this was an individual who I’ve had a longish relationship with. My request for a greater investment on their part was not about the money as much as it was about prodding movement forward on the project. The greater the investment, the more attention gets paid to it. It’s one of the reasons I’m not a fan of the one dollar option. You literally do get what you pay for.
Of course the end result in this case was the script was back in my hands. I’m sure the previous producer figured I’d sit on it till November when he’d be ready to jump back in and I’d be a bit more compliant seeing how it had fared in the big bad world. Too bad I went with, “Plan B.”
See as a writer you feel pretty insulated from a good chunk of the film community. You don’t really go out much, the only people you get to know are agents, directors and producers. They do a pretty fine job of keeping you away from the actors. Lots of people focus on the actor package to get a film made, they forget about the director or exec producer package. Turns out the people you know, the people you’ve made films with, well they’ve been climbing the ladder too and they’re well placed to make shit happen.
Right now, “Plan B,” looks very promising. It’s not a lock but its close.
More to come.