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Remake of "Blazing Saddles"

Anybody think this would sell at the box office? How about Chris Rock as Sheriff Bart, Adam Sandler as Jim "The Waco Kid", Duane "The Rock" Johnson as Mongo, Will Ferrell as Hedley Lamar, Billy Connolly as Taggart, and Chelsea Handler as Lili von Shtupp.

Nick Ferwerda

I agree with Matthew! Shouldn't be touched.

Robert Teel

I agree with you too Matthew. The movie is great, and it might very be another generic remake. I'm not sure what to say about the animated "Blazing Samurai." I suppose I'll have to go see it just to s...

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C Harris Lynn

A project inspired by a property isn't exactly a remake. There were no samurai in Blazing Saddles and the target audience is clearly different, so it's not exactly the same. Although I agree it's not...

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Coreetta Buchan

I believe re-makes should be left alone, they cause me nothing but 1993 groundhog day boredom :~)

Ken Hall

This is a classic. The only one who could do this would be Mel Brooks and he doesn’t do sequels.

Is comicbook writing a rought draft...

Could comic-book writing and comic-book issues be used as a rough Draft for a skilled screenwriter?

Pidge Jobst

Some consider it a very viable and potent submission, since there is a current trend to read novels for potential Industry content rather than screenplays, especially if the novel or comic has a built in audience or platform.

C Harris Lynn

Yep.

Joseph L. Stewart

Very much so. It would be a great asset considering it's (to put it lightly) an advanced stage of a combination of many "transferrable" necessities for a film to manifest. Storyboarding, concept art,...

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Ken Hall

Yes! Marvel and D.C. have done well with this. Lol!

Chronicles of Atlantis

This is my third day here at Stage 32. On Wednesday, just before joining, I was on the verge of just giving up. Ready to pack away my five scripts for a TV series concept, which I am passionate about. Then, I found stage 32. I will admit, I am not really looking to sell my screenplay, or become a sc...

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James Drago

Never doubt the process. It's a long haul. Patience is key. Also - great story Jeff E. Gregory

Abdur Mohammed

Thanks James. The wait should be worth it.

Jeff E. Gregory

Thanks for that, James Drago.

Robert Franklin

Keep working at it, you will be fine!

Ken Hall

You can’t send spec scripts to agents and expect them to sign you. You have to rep them in person. Pitch the story.

TV Series story treatment

Working with a producer but I'm sure there are potential drawbacks to how I'm proceeding, being new at this. He wanted me to adapt a novel he had the rights to - and then he wanted me to expand what I'd done and give it more oomph. But I asked about compensation at that point and he said I'd be atta...

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Regina Lee

Personally, I'm not very paranoid about contracts... That said, I would ask how long he has the rights to this book. If he only has the rights for a short time, does that give him enough time to try t...

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Monette Bebow-Reinhard

Nah, we're not friends or anything. Thanks for your comments, but I knew full well what I was getting into. I do know that at some point in this relationship, I need something in writing, which is why...

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G.R. Barnett

Wow, what I wouldn't give to be in your position right now. Best of luck. :)
I second what everyone else is saying--get something in writing--now.
-G.R.B.

Monette Bebow-Reinhard

Thanks, G.R. - I owe the contact to IMDPro and my stubbornness. And I do have a confirmation in writing - in email. It'll have to do. For now. But I won't do (or give) anything more without something more.

Ken Hall

Get an attorney or agent immediately.

Question on selling OPTIONS on Novels

Stage32 offers plenty of pay-to-play pitch sessions for screenplays... but does anyone have leads, recommendations, advice on pitching NOVELS to Hollywood that could be converted to screenplays? I've written 16 novels and only 2 screenplays. I have some content that could be great for the big screen,...

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Slavica Bogdanov

If you ever want me to write the scripts, let me know. There are some agents that deal with book to script kind of deals but you would have had to have sold a lot of books for that to happen.

Jeff E. Gregory

Create a separately copyrighted treatment.

Rachael Saltzman

Step one - become a bestseller.

David M. Salkin

Rachael... Working On It !

Laura Scheiner

There are agents that handle film rights. You should talk to your book agent if you have one. Or your publisher might be able to direct you to someone.

History of Hollywood Movie Ind.
The History of the Hollywood Movie Industry | History Cooperative
The History of the Hollywood Movie Industry | History Cooperative
Hollywood: Perhaps no other place on earth evokes the same air of show-business magic and glamour. The legend of Hollywood began in the early 20th century and is an earmark of modern American society…
-FIRST FEATURE FILM- What to do and what not to do to do it right?

Hi everyone on Stage 32,I'm Daniel a filmmaker and an emerging film director from Italy.I'm just now starting to develop the idea for what it is going to become I hope my first feature film; first the general concept and then on with the script.Any advice for colleagues who are more or less in the s...

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Daniel Latteo

Thank you Steven. That was helpful.

Robert David Duncan

Write for a zero budget and with a mindset to drive risks and costs out of your project everywhere you can. Keep your cast small and use one location. Read "Independent Ed" by Edward Burns. Have fun!

G Vinay

Few face difficulties on deciding how to begin a movie while few are stuck with the climax. See your strengths whether its on the beginning or the climax. If you are confident about either of these, you can give a start.

Daniel Latteo

Thank you Robert and G Vinay. One thing for G Vinay though, did you mean difficulties with the script's beginning and climax? The actual shooting and the various problems presenting at the beginning a...

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G Vinay

Yes its difficulties you may face either at the beginning or climax. Its hard to decide the alternatives available. I would suggest you to rewrite the same script 2 to 3 times so that its refined. A well deserved script is out by then

Life Rights, optioned by Clint Eastwood

Congrats to our clients, whom we represented on their life rights negotiations. Clint Eastwood has firmed the next film he will direct. He’ll helm a drama based on the book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes. The book was written by Anthony Sadler,...

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Clint Eastwood Sets 'The 15:17 To Paris' As Next Warner Bros Film
Clint Eastwood Sets 'The 15:17 To Paris' As Next Warner Bros Film
EXCLUSIVE: Clint Eastwood has firmed the next film he will direct. He'll helm a drama based on the book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes. The book…
Dan MaxXx

Congrats! I remember the news of incident.
Also congrats to your client, Nancy Cartwright, for her Emmy nom

Article for development.

Hope this helps bring some added skills to someone.... http://filmmakermagazine.com/71609-1-tips-for-producers-from-the-cannes-......

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15 Tips for Producers from the Cannes Film Festival | Filmmaker Magazine
15 Tips for Producers from the Cannes Film Festival | Filmmaker Magazine
Learning from your producer colleagues - that's one of the benefits of attending the Cannes Film Festival and Market. Whether you are premiering a film, hustling a film, or just watching movies, the e…
Web Series pre production

Anyone have some insight on developing a web series with a minimal budget?

Joseph Wedner

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, I am studying movie and TV producing at UCLA Extension, and one of my instructors is graciously helping me make my own movie on his own time. The first thing I need to do is...

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Joseph Wedner

Please tell me more.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Do you have any specific questions?

Amber Greenlee

The Guild is a great case-study for a "Hollywood minimal budget." (www.watchtheguild.com) or if you want "realistic, made anywhere else minibudget", I recommend Theater People out of Minnesota (http:/...

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Robert Franklin

Have you tried raising money through crowdfunding?

TV Show Idea

Hello, everyone. I would like to pitch a TV show idea. I believe this show would be perfect for the CW and similar stations, or perhaps Netflix. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Christopher Mason

Far too much nonsense. I don't have time for that and I don't know how to do that. I guess the idea will remain in my possession, unless there is someone willing to throw caution to the wind and accep...

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Shanika Freeman

it's part of the deal. if you want it on tv, you have to go with the flow. you will need a script, a series bible and a treatment. I don't think you can just sell ideas. Execs want to know if you can...

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Shanika Freeman

maybe try the pitch sessions on stage 32?

Jeff E. Gregory

We're all here to help each other having done the research and gained the personal experience. Filing a lawsuit when your idea is turned down and a production being done anyway with no evidence to show you own the written expression of your idea will go very badly for you.

Robert Franklin

You can contact agencies and ask them for their submission rules.

Tips on Developing a Non Scripted show?

I was just curious if anyone here has had any experience with unscripted/reality style shows? I am currently working on a pitch for a unscripted travel style show and was wondering if anyone here has had experience with that style of production? What is some must have information to put in the pitch? ...

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Richard "RB" Botto

Most unscripted pitches come down to two things - Is the concept interesting/different enough and are the hosts (in this case) someone an audience is going to want to live with episode to episode.
One other thing with reality...If you can afford to make a sizzle reel, do so.

Rachael Saltzman

Characters are key here - personalities and conflict trump subject.

Richard "RB" Botto

Absolutely agree on that Rachael Saltzman

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