Earlier this week, screenwriter Geoff LaTulippe launched his new blog and one of his first entries was a reposting of something he said on the Done Deal Pro discussion boards. Entitled "Mom, Dad? Where Do Movies Come From?" It attacks a myth I've also derided on this blog - the idea that Hollywood is only interested in buying terrible scripts.
I can’t stress this enough: most of the writers working professionally in Hollywood are on a scale from very solid to fucking amazing. Sure, there are some hacks, and sure, we all wonder how they got there; you’ll have that in any profession, creative or not. Hell, I’m probably one of them.
But for the most part, when you go to see a movie that just absolutely blows, you can bet good money on the fact that it didn’t start out as a piece of shit. Is this always true? Of course not. Generally? I certainly believe so.
[...]Most terrible movies start off as really, really, really good scripts.
For more, check out the rest of the post, where Geoff gives a painstakingly detailed breakdown of the development process that most scripts face on their way to production. And while you're over there, bookmark Geoff's blog. It promises to be a repository of straight-shooting advice that Geoff has gained via his time as both a professional screenwriter and a studio reader. In fact, he's even soliciting questions, so if you've got any burning queries you'd like answered from someone who's sat on both sides of the development desk, now's your chance.
Even better for us, Geoff is incredibly blunt and he's definitely no bullshitter. I don't expect much sugar-coating in his answers. If you follow him on Twitter at @DrGMLaTulippe, you probably already know that about him, though.