Photograph by Jacek Nowak/Alamy
Vanity Fair's March 2013 Hollywood Issue, not only showcases
a fabulous photo spread by Bruce Weber, but
more importantly, includes an article by my good friend,
When the Spec Script was King is a fascinating look at
the changing practices of how the film business acquires content.
"Monday mornings in Hollywood used to mean something.
Back in the 1990s- before the weekend box office was entirely
dominated by sequels, prequels, movies based on board games,
and other pre-sold "franchises" -- Monday mornings were when
original screenplays hit the auction block, and here's how it
used to happen" : Click Here :^)
Here, Margaret delights in some fresh beef jerky ;)
Margaret has sold more than one screenplay, herself
and has experienced first hand the ups and downs
of the movie business.
It's fun for me to see her journalistic side and I love VF magazine.
I envy that she had the chance to interview William Goldman,
the writer of one of my favorite movies,
"All the President's Men" and the Oscar winning,
"Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", which helped create the
then new business model - write first, then sell.
There were some very exciting times for writers
before franchise films and playing it safe became the norm.
The audience definitely benefited, despite a dud slipping through
every now and again.
I hope so.
Congratulations again to a wonderful talented funny lady!
Take a look at the article or, better yet,
go out and buy it. It's a Collector's Issue :D