A chilling line. Heard it last week for the first time.
Used to be, when I’d pitch an idea to a producer, they’d ooh and ahh about it and then say, “But…. it’s an execution piece.” That meant the idea was a great idea, but depended on the writer executing it beautifully in order for it to work.
Now, the line has shifted to “It’s not writer-proof.”
Meaning that, in order to buy the pitch, the film will have to basically shoot itself, without having to pass through some dumb writer’s hands who might fuck it up. Yeepers.
They’re not looking for pitches.
They’re not looking for great ideas.
They’re not looking for ways to employ writers…
They’re looking for stuff a writer can’t screw up.
And that kind of material, boys and girls, is few and far between…