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Write For The Stars
by the Hollywood Guru

If you want to write for the Hollywood studios, your script better be movie star friendly. This means your script better have a great role in it for a movie star. Generally a male movie star. Why? Because the male movie star is the engine that runs the train. The studios don't make a big budget movie unless they have a movie star attached. They believe that a movie star guarantees them a big opening during the first two weekends which is when the studios take in the highest percentage of box-office gross. Unfortunately this doesn't always happen. Look at CINDERELLA MAN.

And it helps to know who the stars are that count. There is a difference between an actor for hire (Morgan Freeman) and a movie star (Tom Cruise). One gets a movie made and one doesn't. Now we're not telling you to try and attach the star to your project yourself since this is next to impossible unless the star happens to be your dad. Just because you know where their office is or where they live doesn't mean they'll read your script. The best they'll do is refer you to their agent or manager where the script will probably be dumped. Why? Because the stars' reps generally are there to field offers which come in fast and furious. Remember, everyone wants the star because they get movies made. So what's a new writer to do? Write a great, commercial script and figure out a way to get it to a producer that has made a successful movie with that star. Oh, in terms of female stars that can get a movie made, Julia Roberts is one but only if the budget isn't excessive. The other top actresses in town can get a development deal on something they like but not a production deal. Hey, the gals don't "open" a movie like the guys. It's strictly about dollars and cents.


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