Perhaps the Coens knew they needed to stretch their creative muscles and try something new. Which is why they went to Netflix.
Should you do it? What are the considerations? This is no substitute for having an attorney, mind you… more on that later. I wanted to learn, so I was involved in the negotiation process, and reviewed each round of revisions on the offers and eventual contracts, asked lots of questions, and took lots of notes.
Part I is the basics… what is an option, how to respond, and what to expect.
Producer Bob stumbled across your script on your site, or at InkTip. Granting simplyscripts writing a script producer an option means granting them the exclusive right to develop the script… to try to raise the money to make it, get talent or a director attached, and otherwise exploit the property with the end goal of making your movie.
Getting optioned is exciting. So what you really want short of actually selling the screenplay is to have it optioned by someone who has a high likelihood of getting it made.
Not just for your ego, but for your career. Remember too that your scripts are your product, and have value. You want them out there representing you, if not to get sold, to at least be working as writing samples. If you option to this producer, your script may no longer be working for you anywhere, either inside or out of the option.
That does you no good at all. There may be good reasons to take said chance with Mister unknown resourceless producer… more on that later. I promise you, they will handle things you never dreamed would need to be handled. And you will be better off for it. Second, partner with your lawyer.
Where do you find a lawyer? I can only tell you how I found mine. My first option deal was a no-lawyer friendly deal with a producer I knew from a previous film I was an art director.
I signed an option contract that looked fair to my unschooled eye and it pretty much wasand it ran its course. Then, I reached out to other screenwriters I know, asked for references, and was recommended to a great attorney in Beverly Hills. No script, no movie.
Iron Man comes to mind as a recent example … IP has inherent value, and potential value. The potential value is, of course, what its resulting film and all that might go with that… merchandise, novelizations, sequels, serializations, TV series, etc.
Your option contract should include at least two numbers: The option price is what you get for giving the producer temporary and exclusive rights to your IP, and taking it off the market.
The purchase price is just what it sounds like: This should be prior to the start of principal photography, but could be another negotiated date. But again, this is all negotiable. So what is the purchase price? So what do we ask for?
Be a partner, and an asset, not a financial liability. Instead, negotiate those alternative compensations. If you choose to take the dollar option, just bear in mind that you should be reimbursed for that additional concession.
Or consider retaining some or all of other rights in exchange for the dollar option, like the novelization, video game, or merchandising rights.
Options run months usually. But if they do, there should be another payment involved. All of these numbers are negotiable… how many months, how many extensions, how much additional payment. Every script, by every writer established or new, will go through changes.
During my first option, among many other changes, all the characters had their genders reversed, and I kid you not a scene with a giant flying corncob was added. It all made sense to someone somewhere, and those changes, if they appease the right people, are probably bringing your project closer to production.
Filmmaking is a collaborative artform, and your option makes you a part of a team. Negotiate yourself as the writer of any rewrites, polishes, and punch-ups that might be necessary.For the discussion of unproduced scripts posted on attheheels.com.
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