Note of the Day

A friend of mine is writing an action movie for a studio. He turned in his first draft and the “big, overall note” from the development exec was: “If all these people are trying to kill the hero, why isn’t he dead? We need to address this.”

It reminds me of a note we got on a script we wrote that took place in a high school. We were going through the notes, page by page, with the studio exec and her minions when, about a third of the way through, she pointed to a page and said: “This would be an excellent spot for a teen suicide.” It almost became an excellent spot for a screenwriter suicide.

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