Monday, June 15, 2009

State of the Spec Market

I figure that this link might be of interest to many of my readers:

Among the revelations:

"As of the end of May,
- only 14 out of the 227 spec scripts that went wide had sold; and
- only one studio had bought more than 3 scripts so far this year (Warner Bros., with 5)."

"The conventional wisdom among the executives and producers I have been talking to is that the studios simply aren't buying as much material as they used to...

"For better or worse, the studios seem not to be buying things they don't intend to make, and when it comes to spec scripts, they're looking for projects that are ready to go (i.e., a script that is damned close to shootable, with an attached filmmaker with whom they know they want to work)."

More information in depth at the link. Check it out.


  1. The numbers sure haven't improved since you posted the above, BSR. The updated numbers will be up on my site ( on Friday afternoon (Aug 21), but here's a teaser: Just 2 of the 84 scripts that went out wide after May 1 have sold. Just 2.4%. Hopefully we'll see some new energy (and development dollars) in the Spec Market after Labor Day.

    - scoggins

  2. Thanks for the comment and the update... I'll be sure to point my readers over your way come Friday afternoon.